Is it time to upgrade your landscape?

Landscapes change naturally with the seasons. But sometimes we change our mind about what our overall landscape should look like. It may be you bought your home with the existing landscape as per the developer’s design, but your needs have changed. Maybe you want more color, or you want to …

Simple decisions to help you select the right tree

One of the most valuable assets we can add to our landscapes is a tree. Trees not only add beauty and diversity to our yards, but they also bring character and can cool our living areas during the summer months. From large to small and narrow to wide, trees come …

Tips for starting seeds indoors

The peas, carrots and onions are already in the ground. Now it’s time to get started growing seeds inside for transplanting in May. Vegetable gardeners in northern Nevada are always trying to get a head start on the season. We never know from year to year how long our growing …

Is it time to plant the garden?

Much of the snow has melted from the valley floor, and there are signs of spring everywhere. If you haven’t yet thought about your vegetable garden, now is the time. The temperature is perfect for those cool-season crops that love this time of year. So, if you love cool-season crops, …

Time to prune fruit trees

In the midst of the winter cold and piles of snow outside, you might not be thinking about your garden chores. Most of them have been put on hold till the snow melts away. However, the snow may have many fruit tree owners thinking about their annual winter pruning. Yes, …

Heart-skipping orchids

Gone are the days when you used to go to the checkout stand and impulse-buy a blooming African violet to brighten your home or office. These days, what catches your eye are the orchids. In the past, these exotic, beautiful flowers were mainly used for special occasions, weddings and corsages, …

Bored with run-of-the-mill houseplants? Try bonsai

‘Tis the season to feel the holiday joy. For people who love plants, we find joy every day in the plants we nurture to grow in Nevada’s unpredictable weather. From trees that provide windbreaks to flowers that bring in the pollinators, we fill out landscapes with a variety of specimens. …

The joys of growing amaryllis

With snow on the mountain tops, many people are tempted to purchase new indoor plants to brighten up the home and to get that opportunity to still play in the soil, or potting mix in this case. With the holiday season upon us, local nurseries and stores have stocked up …

Selecting fruit trees and berries

From bountiful gardens of vegetables and fruits to edible landscapes filled with berries, the idea of growing your own food sounds easy. The first step towards success is making the right selection to start with. If you are new to the world of fruit gardening, it is a different environment. …