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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 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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Edith on Kochia — just pull it

By The Publisher | September 29, 2019 |

by Edith Isidoro-Mills — I always wondered why anyone would have introduced kochia or, alkali weed as we sometimes called here in Churchill, as an ornamental.  I had read the horticulturists who introduced it to the gardening industry did so because it had nice fall color.  I really was having trouble see this because most…

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Edith on her trip and local food production

By The Publisher | September 21, 2019 |

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 The Publisher | September 16, 2019 |

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 Editor | September 5, 2019 |

​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 |

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 |

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 |

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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