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. …

Second season planting can increase your fall harvest

It may be hot outside, but now is the time to start thinking and planting for the second season vegetable garden. The warm season vegetables are in full production, and the wheelbarrows are starting to overflow with squashes, corn, peppers and a few tomatoes. But now it’s time to replant …

Brown lawns in summer caused by improper watering

The sweltering heat of summer is taking a toll, not only on our outdoor activities, but also on our landscapes. While we can find sanctuary in the shade of a large tree or the cool breeze of air conditioning, our flowers droop in the heat. The one plant to take …

Add interest with pops of color

Adding color to the landscape through the use of plants, decorations and decorative pots can help accentuate key features of your home or landscape. Color can also help breakup the monotony of a predominately turf grass landscape or plain home. Very few of us are landscape architects or professional designers, …