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 Pruning

By The Publisher | March 28, 2020 |

  by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Early spring is a popular time for pruning in the garden. It’s easier to see where you need to prune because few leaves have appeared to obstruct the structure of trees or shrubs.  It’s also where you can see past pruning mistakes and one mistake is not removing the entire…

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Plant Notes — Edith on Leaf Miners

By The Publisher | March 12, 2020 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Last year was another year when the cottonwoods and poplars were infested with leaf miners.  If you didn’t burn your leaves last year or compost them in a “hot compost” pile then these leaf miners are still in your garden and certain to infest your trees again. The leaf miners, though…

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Edith — on the fruit trees

By Editor | March 6, 2020 |

​ By Edith Isidoro-Mills Seed catalogs aren’t the only type of gardening catalog serious gardeners have been receiving over the past couple of months.  Also arriving in the mailboxes of serious and not so serious gardeners are catalogs for bare root nursery stock such as fruit trees.  Just looking at the pictures of beautiful fruit…

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Edith on Soil Amendments

By The Publisher | February 27, 2020 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Spring is almost here and soon gardeners will be thinking about preparing their soil for spring planting.  Be careful what soil amending and fertilizing recommendations you follow.  Some practices could actually defeat the benefits of any fertilizer you use. Recently I was reading a nationally distributed magazine online touting the benefits…

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Edith on Mini Roses

By The Publisher | February 14, 2020 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — I saw some cute miniature roses potted and dressed up with Valentine’s Day saucers.  If you received one for Valentine’s Day, you may be able to keep it alive for a few months indoors but I recommend you transplant it to your garden when the weather warms up and the rose…

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Edith on Heirloom Tomatoes

By The Publisher | February 7, 2020 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Recently I saw a Facebook post seeking answers to why their heirloom tomatoes didn’t produce tomatoes in Northern Nevada.  There are a number of reasons why tomato plants don’t produce fruit during a growing season and one of these reasons could be the tomato varieties you choose to plant. Another reason…

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Edith on Blueberries

By The Publisher | January 30, 2020 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Blueberries are delicious and you might be tempted to try raising them in your garden.  Here in Churchill County that will prove very frustrating because blueberries love acidic soil and water.  Neither of which characterize our local growing conditions. Ideal soil pH for blueberries is between 4.5 and 5.5.  Our local…

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Edith — vacationing in New Mexico

By Editor | January 9, 2020 |

​ by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  I hope everyone had a happy holiday season.  I went to Albuquerque to be with my mother and my brother. While there I had to see the usual Christmas–light displays.  On Christmas Eve the luminarias were a little disappointing since there was a very soaking rain starting about mid-afternoon and…

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Edith on the Christmas Cactus

By Editor | December 20, 2019 |

​ by Edith Isidore-Mills —  Now that the holiday season has officially arrived, if you look in the garden center or florist section of most stores you will start to see amaryllis bulbs, poinsettias, and a less popular plant called the Christmas cactus. ​It was 2005 when I purchased my oldest Christmas cactus and it…

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Edith on Poinsettia

By The Publisher | December 15, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills The poinsettias are now appearing in stores everywhere.  It’s hard to imagine for me to imagine Christmas without them even though they are a tropical plant and everything secular we associate with Christmas is cold and wintery.  Poinsettias don’t even have a tie to the region where Christ was born.  Instead, they…

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