HummingbirdWildflowers attract quail and hummingbirds

What once was nothing but an area of half-dead trees is now a growing oasis of wildflowers that are attracting wildlife to the environmental grove at Nellis Air Force Base (AFB).

The grove is a community project that started roughly two years ago and is maintained by about eight Master Gardeners from Cooperative Extension according to Master Gardener Kimberly Williams, project chair.

Read more about the Nellis AFB Master Gardener project!

Photo of woman holding a cantaloupeInteresting facts about cantaloupe!
50/50: One quarter of a large melon contains only 50 calories and meets 50 percent of your daily needs for vitamin A. It also provides 75 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C.
The melon we call cantaloupe is the most popular melon in the United States. Actually, the cantaloupe is a muskmelon, which is named for its sweet smell.
Cantaloupes are grown for production in California, Arizona and Texas, with California being the leader of the nation’s cantaloupe production.
To remove dirt and bacteria, wash cantaloupe with a clean vegetable brush under running water just before preparing and eating.

Find out how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe, recipes and more!

Organic graphic

There is a lot of talk about organic gardening, yet people have different ideas about what this means. 

Some think it means using no pesticides at all, while others think it means using non-GMO seeds. When in reality, organic gardening is so much more. 

If you are interested in finding out what organic gardening really means to your home garden, this is the class for you. 

Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, will teach you the principles of organic gardening and how they apply to the home gardener. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.

    

 

Master Gardener volunteers planting an herb garden

Certified Master Gardeners planting an herb garden at the Lifelong Learning Center.

No gardening background is necessary to become a Master Gardener!

The most important qualifications are your commitment to complete the training and to share your knowledge through volunteer service.

The Master Gardener program is open to adults who accept the stringent training and volunteer commitments.

Registration dates are June 8 or June 22.

 

Photo of carrotsCarrots are loaded with beta-carotene, the plant pigment which gives carrots and other vegetables their bright orange color. Beta-carotene, which converts
to vitamin A in the body, is an important natural compound which helps keep you healthy.
Did you know?
Carrots were first grown in Afghanistan and nearby regions. Chinese, Japanese and Indians are known to have used carrots for food in the 13th century. In earlier times, carrots were small red, yellow, or purple roots; the long orange carrot we know today was probably developed in the 1600s. If you buy carrots with the tops on, you should cut them off promptly. The tops reduce the quality of the carrot if left on because they draw out the nutrients and the moisture.
Are baby carrots at the grocery store really “baby” carrots?
Find recipes and tips online!