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 …

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 …