Garden of Edith Plant Notes

Edith on her trip and local food production

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — As I promised last week, I’m now going to write about the other theme that was featured in the Garden Communicators’ symposium I attended in Salt Lake City earlier this month.  In my last column, I mentioned that the two themes were water conservation and local food production.  Last week I…

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Edith Goes to Salt Lake Conference

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — I recently arrived home from the Garden Communicators’ symposium.  This year’s symposium was in Salt Lake City.  Most of the Garden Communicators’ symposiums have been in humid climates where their gardens are lush.  This time we visited fewer estate gardens and public gardens.  Instead, the message of this symposium was more…

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Edith — planning now for spring bulbs

​by Edith Isidore-Mills —  Lately in my walks around my neighborhood, I’ve noticed a lot of deer tracks.  These tracks are appearing just in time to influence my selection of spring flowering bulbs I’ll be planting this fall because nothing is more discouraging than to plant bulbs only to have them not come up.  Usually…

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Edith on our world-famous cantaloupes

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — It’s that time again when Churchill County invites everyone to come and celebrate our famous cantaloupes.  People from many miles around come to marvel at the melons raised here and wonder what the secret is to raising such delicious melons.  Even some of our local gardeners wonder how the local farmers…

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Edith — growing vegetables all winter long

by Edith Isidoro-Mills More and more hoop houses and greenhouses have appeared in Churchill County over the past few years.  This has allowed some local farmers to produce vegetable over the winter for local customers.   If you are a dedicated vegetable gardener, you can even grow your own. You probably won’t grow tomatoes, squash, cucumbers,…

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Edith — Leaf Miners Attacking Cottonwoods

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — A couple of weeks ago I noticed a tiny white worm dangling out of my poplar trees. I looked up and saw a few leaves with the characteristic brown blotches these worms create in my poplars. I expect eventually my trees will turn prematurely brown and not have that lovely golden…

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Edith on snails in our gardens

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — They’re back again this year. I have snails in my garden.  I’ve been hand picking but that just isn’t enough.  It’s time to consider some other method of getting these critters out of my garden. If you see slime trails and you can’t figure out what is eating them, it might…

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Edith on Veggies — pick them at their peak

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Many warm season vegetables such as squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, and sweet corn have either started ripening in Churchill County or will ripen in the next couple of weeks.  Selecting varieties, planting, watering, fertilizing, and weeding are all important to producing tasty, nutritious vegetables but if not harvested and stored properly…

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Edith on the Red Yucca

​ 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 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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