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 …

Unraveling the mysteries of fertilizer

One thing gardeners often do in spring is add fertilizer to their garden plots, raised beds and container gardens. But do you really understand what you’re adding, why you’re doing it and how to select the right fertilizer for your garden? Plants need nutrients to grow and be productive, and …

Cooperative Extension Announces QWEL Certification Recipients

The spring 2019 QWEL certification exam results are in! Congratulations to our certified QWEL pros. Businesses and organizations participating in the QWEL program include: Heirloom Gardens City of Reno Moana Nursery Wickham Landscaping Truckee Meadows Water Authority Cory’s Lawn Service QM Corp QWEL Certified Pros: Alyssa Buchanan Asa Kennedy Chuck …

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, …

The wonderful world of succulents

Fun fact: Did you know that all cacti are actually succulents, but not all succulents are cacti? I have long been fascinated by these beautiful plants but never really understood what they were and what it takes to grow them. I spent a long time convincing myself that I would …

Add interest to your garden with mosaic features

As gardeners, we tend to focus on plants, using color, texture and form to accentuate our landscapes. But, there are a lot of things we can do with recycled household items to add color and texture too. As I scrolled through Pinterest, I recently came across beautiful mosaic garden features …

Cooperative Extension Announces 2019 Green Industry Training Certification Recipients

The 2019 Green Industry Training certification exam results are in and show our local green industry professionals employed in lawn and landscape, tree care, garden center and grounds and park maintenance industries are qualified to provide Nevadans with nursery and landscape services. Businesses and organizations participating in one or all of …

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, …

Presidents garden too

When we think of President’s Day, we often think of history, politics, independence or freedom, but did you know many United States presidents were also avid gardeners and plant lovers? This goes back to our very first president, George Washington, who never lived in the White House, but who oversaw …