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 to do? An approach to…

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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. I love native flowers for…

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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 plants in my garden, including…

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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. Composting is controlled decomposition of…

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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 scorched leaves, tree branches dying…

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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 already tried include garbanzo beans…

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Aquaponics: Summer 2013 Master Gardener Newsletter

A new style of vegetable gardening is becoming popular in many parts of the country called aquaponic gardening. Aquaponic gardening is growing vegetables and fruits in a soilless environment using the waste water from fish tanks as a nutrient source. Your harvest can include both vegetables and fish, providing a healthy source of protein and…

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