Compost clipartIf you think you can’t compost in the Mojave Desert or if you’ve tried to compost in the desert and haven’t been successful, please consider joining our compost workshop.

When purchased in the stores, compost can be expensive. So why not make your own?

If you eat fruits and vegetables and throw any parts of them away, you have the beginning makings of compost.

Even if you live in an apartment, you can make compost. You can make compost in the smallest of areas…just maybe not conventionally.

Eating breakfast can improve your child’s behavior and attitude. Children who eat breakfast feel better, have fewer absences at school, and do better in Strawberriesschool. Use Harvest of the Month tips to give your ideas to help your family power up with breakfast.
Produce tips:
• Look for plump berries with a natural shine, rich red color, bright green caps, and a sweet smell.
• Store unwashed strawberries in the refrigerator for up to three days.
• Before serving, use cool water to gently wash strawberries with green caps still attached.
• Look for no-sugar-added frozen strawberries.
Healthy serving ideas:
• Slice strawberries into high fiber cereal and calcium-rich low-fat yogurt.
• Blend frozen strawberries with orange juice (or low-fat yogurt) and ice to make a low-fat smoothie.
• Add strawberries to a spinach salad.

Photo of demo gardens

Take a walk on a special themed garden tour this spring with the Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners.

The tours kick-off on March 19 with a “Spring has sprung” demonstration. Two more tours are scheduled, one on April 9 and May 14. Here’s how to join the free tours.

The Master Gardeners continue to offer weekly tours of the entire Demonstration and Test Gardens each Friday at 10 a.m.

The gardens contain over 1000 species of desert appropriate landscape plants, including: trees, shrubs, perennials, palms, cacti and agaves.

Plants are identified by botanical and common names. For the weekly tours, meet in the front Reception area near the Master Gardener Help Desk.

The grounds are also open for self-guided walks weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


RaisedBed photo

Having issues working with soils in certain areas?  Looking for an easier way to garden?

Gardening in raised beds can solve a number of problems. Growing plants in a raised bed allows the gardener to control the type and fertility of the soil, which improves the likelihood that plants will thrive and produce higher yields.

Raised beds can also provide gardeners with a garden space that meets the needs of many plants. It can be as simple as an area where enough amendments have been added so that the level is higher than the surrounding soil.