Trees crawling with insects

They creep, crawl, fly and inch toward you. Insects, good and bad, are all around us. Have you recently gone beneath your trees and wondered what is all that sticky stuff falling down on you and coating your sideway, decks or even your vehicle? You probably didn’t know that sticky stuff may actually be excrement from…

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Elevate your garden to a new level

Across the county, the state, the country and the world, when people want to garden they figure out a way. In Nevada, many times our challenge is the soil and the climate. But, we are not that different from gardeners and farmers in other areas who battle with soils low in fertility and organic matter.…

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Prune for health, aesthetics and fruit

As more people focus on growing their own food and creating edible landscapes, fruit trees have become as common for landscapes as they are for commercial crops. We all enjoy the thought of picking fresh fruit from trees growing in our own backyard. But, to make those dreams come true, we need to care for…

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Weeds popping up with warm weather

 The sun is shining, and with the warm temperatures, I have started to scout the garden and landscape. At this time of year, I was shocked to see how many seedlings were popping up everywhere, wanted and unwanted. In my garden, I am facing the challenge of lettuce and arugula popping up outside of my…

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Selecting the best fruit tree

Apples, pears, cherries and peaches. There are not many people who don’t get excited at the thought of picking fresh fruit from their own backyard. But the thought may be daunting with unpredictable Nevada weather and the notion that you don’t have adequate space. Space is no longer an issue given new research, growing trials…

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Holiday drinks with mint

Winter’s chill fills the air, and holiday lights illuminate the evening sky. The holidays are upon us, and it’s time for gardeners to get creative and become inspired. When it’s cold outside, I like something warm to drink. During the holiday season, I try to find new ways to incorporate fresh elements into food and…

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Holiday Gifts for the Landscape

Are you looking for something fun to do on Thanksgiving weekend? The Saturday following the well-known “Black Friday” has become “Small Business Saturday” – a day to support locally based shops in your area. For my fellow gardeners and I, this is just one more great reason to take a trip to the local nurseries.…

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