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 …

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 …

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 …

Vibrant edible holiday centerpieces

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season about to begin, many of us will be hosting gatherings at our homes. For me, it is a time to get creative with not only food, but with decorations. I start bringing the colors of autumn and what’s left of my garden indoors: colorful …

Season Extension Techniques Are the Secret to Fall and Winter Gardens

The first hard freeze of the year is behind us, so you may not be thinking of extending the season because your vegetable garden has already turned from vibrant green to black. For example, I have friends who picked the last of their tomatoes to prepare for and now have …

Are your plants wilting in the heat? More water may not be the answer

Temperatures are soaring, reaching record-breaking highs. Though we can run for the relaxing comfort of air conditioning, our plants must cope with the conditions. Some plants do well in this weather and do not show any signs of heat stress, often because they are native plants, which are adapted to …

Fourth of July Garden Party Planning

It is the Fourth of July weekend, and it is time to celebrate. How does your landscape and garden look? This weekend is a prime weekend to have family and friends over to celebrate America’s birthday. For us gardeners, it is really important that our yards look as attractive as …

Escape the High-Desert Heat with Cool, Relaxing Landscapes

Summer is off to a hot start; temperatures have already hit the triple digits. When temperatures skyrocket like this, everyone seeks a cool, shady spot to escape the heat. Lawn-covered, tree-filled parks are popular during the summer, though many of us want to create that environment at home. One of …