Wildfires Happen. Is your community prepared?

I awoke to the smell of thick campfire-like smoke that had filtered into my bedroom. I jumped out of bed, flipped the bedroom light switch and… nothing. The electricity was out. I ran to the window to see the glow of flames cresting the hill on the other side of …

Starting a garden on a budget

Springtime in northern Nevada is making its way to our doorsteps. Some of you have probably spent the last few months planning out what you want to do in your garden and hopefully have found some great tips in our past articles to help you on your journey. Starting a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …