Start scouting now for spring weeds

So far, we’ve had a mild, dry winter. Just a little rain or snow and a little increase in temperature could help initiate weed growth. This time last year, the wet weather gave us a bumper crop of weeds. If last year’s weed crop got away from you and produced …

Weeds popping up with warm weather

 The sun is shining, and with the warm temperatures, I have started to scout the garden and landscape. At this time of year, I was shocked to see how many seedlings were popping up everywhere, wanted and unwanted. In my garden, I am facing the challenge of lettuce and arugula …

Top 5 Composting Mistakes

Most of us are aware of the importance of “garden gold” for improving Nevada’s soils. But, how successful have you been in making your own? Not very? Here are some mistakes gardeners make when composting. Correcting them may help you find a gardening “pot-of-gold” at the end of the rainbow. …

Turn Golden Fall Leaves into Garden Gold with Composting

Fall garden clean-up is underway, but before you kick yard waste to the curb, consider composting. Composting breaks down living matter under controlled conditions. When the process is complete, compost can be added to garden soil. Soil amended with composted organic matter holds water and nutrients better. This helps your …

Autumn Landscape To Dos

The Sierras are topped with snow, and the valley floor has received some much needed rain. While many vegetable gardens have frozen, others are still producing. With this beautiful weekend upon us, it is time to do some much needed fall cleanup before the snow falls to the valley floor. …

The Ecosystem of Compost Piles

By Joy Paterson, Extension Educator and Ashley Andrews, Horticulture Assistant If you have been keeping a compost pile, you have been maintaining an active ecosystem that is based on the breakdown of the organic materials that you are composting. With optimal conditions, your compost pile should have all the components …