Garden of Edith Plant Notes — by Edith Isidoro-Mills

Edith Isidoro is a horticulturist living in Churchill County.  She has tried everything from truck gardening to native landscaping and greenhouse production in a very dry environment that many would not consider hospitable to plant life.  Yet, armed with appropriate knowledge and experience Edith has managed to raise most vegetables and demonstrated that desert natives can be beautiful and relatively maintenance free.  She calls her efforts "Garden of Edith". 

Combining her experiences gardening in the desert and her formal education in horticulture; Edith writes about and photographs her garden and her neighbors' gardens in the Great Basin.   She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture from New Mexico State University.


Edith on the Red Yucca

By Editor | July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

​ by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  There it was! That plant that I have seen growing in many xeric gardens around the Southwest and this particular plant was growing in Fallon, Nevada.  The plant I was so excited to see is Red Yucca, Hesperaloe parvifolia.  I found it growing in planters at the Fallon campus of…

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Edith — on Echinacea

By Editor | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

​by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Many people are more familiar with Echinacea as an herb used to fight the common cold but actually it’s a great flowering perennial with a long blooming period that starts in July and can last into early fall. ​There are a number of species of Echinacea and all are native to…

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Edith on Milkweed — not a weed

By Editor | June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Milkweeds by now have become famous for how important they are for the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies. Some garden centers and nurseries even sell them as perennials to put in your perennial beds.  However, it may come up naturally on some properties around Churchill County.  Unlike some weeds, this weed…

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Edith on Aphids and Better Car Care

By Editor | June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

​by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Does your car look like someone sprayed something sticky on it?  I’ll bet you park your car in the shade of a tree and the tree may have aphids. ​To confirm that a tree, or any plant, has aphids look closely at the leaves, soft vegetative stems, and flowers.  If the…

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Edith — Yarrow as Repellant

By Editor | June 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m always looking for plants that repel deer, rabbits and gophers. It’s also nice if they crowd out weeds and attract pollinators, beneficial insects and birds.  If they have a long flowering period, that is also a plus.  One such plant is starting to bloom in my garden now and it will be doing so…

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Garden of Edith caution with weed control

By Editor | June 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Edith Isidore-Mills  The weeds are really thriving this spring with all this wet weather.  Now the herbicides and weed whackers are going to have quite a job to do but be careful around your trees and shrubs.  These tools of weed control not only kill weeds they kill trees and shrubs. ​A number of…

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Edith on Water Features as Mosquito Control

By Editor | May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Our current weather may cause us to forget our summers can be long, hot and dry.  In such a hot, dry climate, incorporating water features such as ponds and fountains into your landscape is tempting.  Ponds and other water features can also breed mosquitoes which carry West Nile Virus unless they…

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Garden of Edith — On Petunias

By Editor | May 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Petunias are popping up in garden centers everywhere this time of year.  The good news is in the right location and with proper care they will grow in Churchill County.  They can also be made to bloom throughout the growing season. If you want petunias, it’s best to purchase them as…

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Garden of Edith — Hummingbirds Love Beebalm

By Editor | May 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Liatris, a flower that attracted hummingbirds to my garden.  It isn’t the only flower that I saw hummingbirds feeding on last year.  Beebalm, Monarda fistulosa, also attracted hummingbirds and put on quite a floral display. Beebalm is native to North America and grows…

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Garden of Edith — Fading Flowers

By Editor | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and crocuses are starting to fade.  When all these spring flowers fade the question is “What to do with the leaves?”  The answer is, “Don’t cut them until they turn yellow”. Green leaves make the carbohydrates stored in the bulbs to form next year’s flowers. …

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