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 — 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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Edith on Christmas Trees

By The Publisher | December 8, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Every year it seems people are so anxious to get their Christmas decorations up the day right after Thanksgiving.  In some cases, it almost seems like a competition to get their Christmas decorations up faster than their neighbor that they start before Thanksgiving decorating their yards. However, there is one Christmas…

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Edith — on Christmas Trees

By Editor | November 28, 2019 |

  by Edith – Isidoro Mills —  ​Every year it seems people are so anxious to get their Christmas decorations up the day right after Thanksgiving.  In some cases, it almost seems like a competition to get their Christmas decorations up faster than their neighbor that they start before Thanksgiving decorating their yards. However, there…

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Edith on the fall leaves

By Editor | November 18, 2019 |

​by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  I’ve noticed a lot of deciduous trees in our area still have their leaves hanging on the branches even though they have turned brown and brittle.  This is called marcescence.  There are number of reasons marcescence occurs and we currently have had those conditions this fall. ​Fall conditions that are ideal…

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Edith — on repotting house plants

By The Publisher | November 4, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — After a season of outdoor gardening it’s time to pay attention to your house plants.  One of those tasks may be repotting. The most common reason to repot houseplants is their tendency to become root bound.  Root bound is when the roots become so crowded that there is very little soil…

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Edith says mow your weeds for mulch

By The Publisher | October 22, 2019 |

Soon all the leaves will fall off the trees and you will be tempted to rake them all up.  This may not be necessary but you still should do something about those leaves. So many people rake and burn their leaves.  This adds greenhouse gases, is hazardous if you burn in windy weather or near…

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Edith on Garlic

By The Publisher | October 16, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Many gardeners in Churchill County at this time of year are about to give up on their vegetable gardens and wouldn’t think of doing any planting now.  However, if garlic is a vegetable you want in next year’s garden now is a good time to plant it. In October, the soil…

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Edith on landscaping fabric

By The Publisher | October 9, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — Landscape fabric might seem like a good non-herbicide solution to controlling weeds in your yard but don’t trust it.  After several years of apparently good control, you will regret you ever considered landscape fabric to control weeds. A freshly installed planting with landscape fabric and mulch spread evenly over the fabric…

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