Unraveling the mysteries of fertilizer

One thing gardeners often do in spring is add fertilizer to their garden plots, raised beds and container gardens. But do you really understand what you’re adding, why you’re doing it and how to select the right fertilizer for your garden? Plants need nutrients to grow and be productive, and …

Eight perennials that make your winter garden stand out

Winter is upon us, and we’ve put our gardens to bed. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the stillness and beauty a dormant landscape has to offer. If you include plants that hold their structure, even through frosty mornings or as the snow flies, your garden will continue to …

Water your plants by root depth

This time of year, when the temperatures soar, we worry a lot about our lawns getting enough water. But not enough attention is paid to the rest of our landscape. Our trees and shrubs need water too – not as often as the lawn, but the water should go deeper …

Capture rainwater for beauty, water efficiency

Beautiful, plant-filled landscapes require water, but we live in the driest state in the nation. Western Nevada receives less than 7 inches of precipitation per year, and some years considerably less. But, we still want the aesthetic and cooling benefits of plants in our yard. What is a Nevada gardener …

Using native plants can save water and protect bees

Spring must be on the horizon because I am starting to get planting catalogs in my mail box. I love browsing through the catalogs for the beautiful photos of flowers. But, when it comes to actually buying for our garden, I’m heading to my local nursery to buy native flowers. …

Gardening Aspirations for the New Year

I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but this year I will make an exception. I want to make the world a better place, and I am convinced the home garden is a good place to start. In 2018, I resolve to include a diversity of flowering …

Top 5 Composting Mistakes

Most of us are aware of the importance of “garden gold” for improving Nevada’s soils. But, how successful have you been in making your own? Not very? Here are some mistakes gardeners make when composting. Correcting them may help you find a gardening “pot-of-gold” at the end of the rainbow. …

Water Efficiency in the Landscape

We had a very dry summer this year with no measurable precipitation since early May. That means the plants in our landscapes were entirely dependent on us rather than Mother Nature for their water needs. If watering wasn’t adequate for your plants over the summer, you may now be noticing …

Reduce fire hazard in your landscape now

Fire season is well underway, and the weather has been dry and hot. Since we live in a high fire-hazard region, it’s a good idea to take stock of your landscape to make sure you’re doing all you can to reduce the chance of wildfire damaging your home. Vegetation management …

UN declares 2016 International Year of Pulses

The United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Pulses are legume crops harvested for their dry seed. High in protein and fiber and low in fat, many people worldwide use them as an alternative or supplement to meat. They include dried peas, beans and lentils. Pulses you’ve probably …