Using Garden Catalogs to Plan Your Best Garden Ever! Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

As a new gardener, do seed catalogs intimidate you? As a seasoned home vegetable-grower, do you now receive so many different seed catalogs each year that you don’t know where to start? Have you ever asked yourself “What do I do with all of these seed catalogs?” Is it possible …

Starting Seeds Mash-Up: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Wendy Hanson Mazet and JoAnne Skelly Wendy: Starting Vegetable Seeds Indoors The common vegetable crops that are good to start indoors include cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, watermelons, eggplant, tomatoes, okra and peppers. Starting your vegetable garden from seed is not only a rewarding experience, but fun for most avid vegetable …

Teaching Plants and Growing Gardens: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Professor Robert S. Nowack In a recent article in HortTechnology (August 2013, volume 23, issue 4), University of Nevada, Reno Natural Resources and Environmental Science Professor Beth Leger and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Horticulture Specialist Heidi Kratsch describe their innovative program that connects university teaching activities with Master …

The Accidental and Thrifty Garden: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

The Shady Beginning: As a full-time employee, part-time student, apartment-dweller with responsibilities at home, I didn’t think I had the time, space or funds for gardening. But this growing season, I proved myself wrong. I didn’t set out to; it sort of happened by accident. It all began when I …

My Favorite Gardening Tool: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Master Gardener Christy Chamberlain Item– 2do: Tasks Done in Style Item cost– $9.99 Where to buy– Apple’s App Store Why it’s awesome– I use this app for keeping track of everything I need and want to get done. I have separate lists for housekeeping, errands, yard work, fitness – …

Container Gardening on a Dime: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Master Gardener Joe Bernardo I thought the Master Gardeners might like to know a way of doing home gardens in containers without spending a great deal of money on planters and supplies. After attending the Master Gardening class, I decided I would like to expand my own garden by …

Words from Wendy: Spring 2014 Master Gardener Newsletter

Welcome everyone to 2014! I hope you all had a great Holiday Season. New Years is traditionally a time to look back on the past year and analyze the good and the bad, and then make resolutions to change something about ourselves or what we are doing to make the …

From Vines to Wines… Winter 2013 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Master Gardener Joe Bernardo The ancient Egyptians recorded wine-making in their writings and so growing grapes for wine dates back to before the GREAT PYRAMIDS were around. Wine has been made and enjoyed since the time of the Curds and the Hunds. This is because it is something that …

Sierra Water Gardens: Winter 2013 Master Gardener Newsletter

By Master Gardener Liz Morrow; Photos by Master Gardener Bill Kositzky At the west side of town, Sutter and Samantha Stremmel, owners of Sierra Water Gardens, have created a hidden oasis complete with tranquil views within their garden and of the Truckee River. As one Master Gardner said, it’s like …