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. …

Norfolk Island pine: a living Christmas tree

While walking in the seasonal section in the store the other day, I noticed a Norfolk Island pine all dressed up for Christmas. With its soft needles, wonderful texture and unique form, I just knew it had to be my living Christmas tree this year. Not only will I get …

Healing Gardens: How we can honor veterans

When you harvest buckets and buckets of tomatoes from your ever growing vegetable garden, how do you feel? Maybe its relief and excitement: now you can start your Christmas gifts by making salsa for your family and friends. Maybe its satisfaction: finally, your first year of overabundance and you get …

Create cozy, inviting home décor with fall leaves

by Jenn Fisher, Washoe County Master Gardener Program Assistant Fall crafts are not just for Halloween; you can collect fall-inspired items from your landscape to incorporate in your home. Fall décor is not only carved pumpkins and spider webs but can also include pumpkins and other gourds from your own …

What do Master Gardeners do anyway?

By Jenn Fisher, Washoe County Master Gardener Program Assistant   If you have chatted with a Master Gardener volunteer, you know their passion for gardening and vast horticulture knowledge. Maybe your friend is a Master Gardener, or your grandma was one, and her garden was spectacular, or your neighbor is …

Get ideas for your own home garden at Master Gardener tour

As we go through our increasingly hectic lives, we often forget to pause throughout the day, enjoy our beautiful landscapes and reap the benefits of edible gardens. I don’t have space to create a garden, but I incorporate house plants and herbs into my humble abode to enjoy what nature …