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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.


The Frustration of Freezing Fruit Trees

By Editor | April 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Fallon, Nev. — This spring we have experienced periods of weather warm enough to stimulate fruit tree blossoming and intermittent periods of weather with light frosts.  In the morning right after the frost you may not see the damage but several days later, the blossoms on your fruit trees may look…

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Garden of Edith – Lizards in the Garden

By Editor | April 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills– The growing season is coming and soon small critters like insects, toads and lizards will be crawling around in your garden.  Some of these critters are very beneficial and some are not. In my recent research on the Internet, I was surprised to see some extermination sites and comments on garden chat…

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Garden of Edith – Bare Root Roses

By Editor | April 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — The English roses I ordered just arrived and they are looking healthy but they won’t stay that way unless I treat them right.  I’ve had good luck in the past establishing bare-root and potted roses in my garden.  Successful establishment of either bare-root or potted roses is dependent on the season…

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Garden of Edith – Spring Gardening and Allergies

By Editor | March 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Spring brings thoughts of gardening and for some the dread of allergies.  If allergies discourage you from gardening you may be surprised to know that it isn’t those beautiful flowers on the fruit trees or the bulbs that are the first to give the garden some color.  If you suffer from…

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Garden of Edith — On Roses

By Editor | March 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — If you like roses, you are probably thinking about buying some to plant in the next few weeks.  Roses do well here in Churchill County if you pick the right varieties and make sure they get adequate water throughout the growing season. Almost every region of the world has some species…

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Garden of Edith on Allelopathy

By The Publisher | March 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many years ago I went to a local rose society meeting and part of those meetings was the host showing off their garden.  At that meeting the host showed us a stunted rose planted under a black walnut tree.  At the time we all attributed this to allelopathy.  Now an Extension agent at Washington State…

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Ahhh — The Tricky Orchids

By The Publisher | March 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Edith Isidoro-Mills — We see them blooming in the floral section of grocery stores, home improvement centers, and anywhere houseplants are sold.  Their big beautiful blooms last a long time, but for some reason it is difficult to get them to last beyond the blooms or bloom again.  A friend of mine recently posted…

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Garden of Edith – Late Winter Pruning

By The Publisher | March 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Edith Isidoro-Mills– The weather has been wet, windy and not conducive to doing much winter pruning.  Still, if we do get a window for pruning now is the time before leaves appear. Late winter is an ideal time to prune fruit trees, non-flowering trees, and shrubs except spring flowering ornamentals.  Prune spring flowering ornamentals…

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Succulent Gardens

By The Publisher | February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

​ By Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Perhaps you didn’t get flowers for Valentine’s Day but instead received a succulent garden.  Many people believe these are easy to care for houseplants and they can be if you know how to care for them.  The wrong kind of care can result in “loving them to death.” The right…

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Making Your Valentine’s Flowers Last

By The Publisher | February 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Edith Isidoro-Mills — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you might receive a bouquet of freshly cut flowers.  Usually bouquets arrive with the base of the bouquet wrapped in cellophane.  Sometimes you will find a packet of floral preservative stuck in the cellophane wrapper.  Don’t throw out this packet.  You will need…

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