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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Preparing your landscape for a vacation

Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the season of family vacations and summer getaways. We always remember to prepare our homes for an extended leave, but sometimes we forget to prepare our landscapes and gardens. If you will be gone for a long weekend, you can get by with checking your landscape and doing necessary…

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What’s blooming now?

Spring is often referred to as the season of transformation and renewal. Temperatures rise, rainy days begin and flowers appear, signaling gardeners to spring out of their winter funks and begin working their gardens. As you are out in the garden this spring, don’t forget to take some time to bask in the beauty of…

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Different rose varieties need different pruning

As daffodils and plum trees bloom all over town, inspiration for a floral summer garden begins to enter my mind. I imagine a white, wood arch with lush green foliage spilling over to show bold-colored roses of crimson and magenta. If this image inspires you too, you want to start spring pruning on your roses.…

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The history and tradition of the Easter lily

Year after year during early spring, we see flowering plants fill the stores. One of these traditional, white flowers is the Easter lily, which holds a long-standing tradition in spring as the flower seen in churches and at Easter gatherings. You’ve probably seen this beautiful trumpet-shaped flower, but do you know the flower’s history? The…

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Cooperative Extension Announces 2018 Green Industry Training Certification Recipients

The 2018 Green Industry Training certification exam results are in and show our local green industry professionals employed in lawn and landscape, tree care, and grounds and park maintenance industries are qualified to provide Nevadans with nursery and landscape services. Businesses and organizations participating in one or all of the 2018 Green Industry Training program classes…

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Steps to a successful container salad garden

If you’ve got the gardening itch and just can’t wait to get your vegetable garden going, an indoor salad garden is a great way to satisfy that itch and enjoy fresh garden greens in your salads, sandwiches or wraps. By following these easy steps, you can be planting your garden today and reaping the benefits…

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The importance of ergonomics in the garden

I’m talking to all gardeners: have you ever thought about ergonomics in your garden? You may be thinking, what does ergonomics even mean? Merriam-Webster says that ergonomics is an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely. Alright, so how do we…

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