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 — planning now for spring bulbs

By Editor | September 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

​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 Editor | August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Editor | August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Editor | August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Editor | July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Editor | July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Editor | July 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

​ 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 Editor | July 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

​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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Edith on Milkweed — not a weed

By Editor | June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Milkweeds by now have become famous for how important they are for the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies. Some garden centers and nurseries even sell them as perennials to put in your perennial beds.  However, it may come up naturally on some properties around Churchill County.  Unlike some weeds, this weed…

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Edith on Aphids and Better Car Care

By Editor | June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

​by Edith Isidoro-Mills —  Does your car look like someone sprayed something sticky on it?  I’ll bet you park your car in the shade of a tree and the tree may have aphids. ​To confirm that a tree, or any plant, has aphids look closely at the leaves, soft vegetative stems, and flowers.  If the…

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