Look for QWEL-certified pros for your next landscape contract

Did you know the average 2.5-person household in Nevada uses 126,000 gallons of water per year, with an average of 75 percent of that being used outdoors? This represents 38,000 gallons more than the average American household. The need for water-efficient landscapes in Nevada is nothing new. But as our population continues to grow and…

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Is it scientific or just a myth?

When you search online for vegetable gardening information, you are inundated with numerous blogs and articles with planting tips and tricks. Unfortunately, much of what is written is not supported scientifically. One of these topics is the concept of plant enemies. Plant enemies, as described by bloggers, are plants that harm other plants either by…

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Saving seeds from your garden is easy and free

I recently heard a fascinating story that got me excited about seed saving. After the death of her grandfather, his granddaughter went through his home. Under the floor boards, she found his army gear from when he served in the Vietnam War. Inside the front pocket of his army top, she found a small paper…

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Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension and other University programs

Do you know what University of Nevada Cooperative Extension does in your community? I find in my daily work that many people don’t know what Cooperative Extension is, or that there are Cooperative Extension offices in every county in the state. Cooperative Extension puts University research to work in in your home, workplace and community.…

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Add plants to attract hummingbirds

We often talk about pollinator gardens in reference to bees and butterflies, but hummingbirds also play an integral role in pollination of many of our native and ornamental plants. Red-colored, tubular-shaped flowers tend to be favorites for hummingbirds. When they dip their long bills into the flowers to feed on the sweet nectar, they get…

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Master Gardener Garden Tour funds community education program

It’s time again for the Master Gardener program’s annual fundraiser, the Master Gardener Garden Tour hosted by Rail City Garden Center in Sparks, Nev. The self-guided garden tour, held Aug. 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is a great way to learn what grows well in northern Nevada and get creative ideas for your…

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Top six garden must-haves for 2018

Every year, new ergonomic tools and innovative items fill the shelves of local stores. Though you can find just about anything for the gardening enthusiast, we came up with a list of the six must-have items. If you haven’t acquired a hula hoe, you don’t know what you are missing. Hula hoes come in handheld…

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Common herbs can become weeds

A weed is defined as a plant that grows where it isn’t wanted. Gardeners tend to recognize what wasn’t planted on purpose, including many of our nuisance weeds, such as redroot pigweed and common lambsquarters. But, what about unwanted seedlings from desirable plants that went to seed last year? You may see the herbs you…

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