Protect your vegetable garden from contamination

Reports of food-borne illnesses are increasingly frequent in the news. Most foodborne illnesses are caused by consuming raw fruits and vegetables that are contaminated by pathogens. Pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms such as bacteria or viruses. Many people do not realize that home gardens are not free from pathogens. Many fruits …

Beneficial insects in the vegetable garden: your free workforce

The vegetable garden is planted and growing well, and you are starting to scout for insect pests. While you’re scouting for pests, scout for beneficial insects too. Many people think all insects are bad, but the truth is, less than 1 percent of insects are pests. Most insects don’t harm …

Top six garden must-haves for 2018

Every year, new ergonomic tools and innovative items fill the shelves of local stores. Though you can find just about anything for the gardening enthusiast, we came up with a list of the six must-have items. If you haven’t acquired a hula hoe, you don’t know what you are missing. …

Common herbs can become weeds

A weed is defined as a plant that grows where it isn’t wanted. Gardeners tend to recognize what wasn’t planted on purpose, including many of our nuisance weeds, such as redroot pigweed and common lambsquarters. But, what about unwanted seedlings from desirable plants that went to seed last year? You …

Capture rainwater for beauty, water efficiency

Beautiful, plant-filled landscapes require water, but we live in the driest state in the nation. Western Nevada receives less than 7 inches of precipitation per year, and some years considerably less. But, we still want the aesthetic and cooling benefits of plants in our yard. What is a Nevada gardener …

What’s blooming now?

Spring is often referred to as the season of transformation and renewal. Temperatures rise, rainy days begin and flowers appear, signaling gardeners to spring out of their winter funks and begin working their gardens. As you are out in the garden this spring, don’t forget to take some time to …

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 …

Steps to a successful container salad garden

If you’ve got the gardening itch and just can’t wait to get your vegetable garden going, an indoor salad garden is a great way to satisfy that itch and enjoy fresh garden greens in your salads, sandwiches or wraps. By following these easy steps, you can be planting your garden …

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, …