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.


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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Garden of Edith — Luring in the Wildlife

By Editor | April 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Not all flowering bulbs are fall planted.  I just finished planting bulbs that I expect to see flowering starting in July and fading in September.  Even though their showy flowers ended in September, they provided me with an interesting display as they dried and the birds started to feed on the…

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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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