Attract pollinators to your garden

Until I started working with University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, I used to be extremely annoyed with all the insects buzzing around my garden, swatting away these creatures while walking to class on campus. I never gave it a second thought that they were actually doing something useful. The more …

Simple decisions to help you select the right tree

One of the most valuable assets we can add to our landscapes is a tree. Trees not only add beauty and diversity to our yards, but they also bring character and can cool our living areas during the summer months. From large to small and narrow to wide, trees come …

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 …

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 …