Two rose events are happening in October:

Clipart of Everything coming up rosesRoses are a desirable addition to any garden, even here in the Mojave Desert. With about 100 species and thousands of cultivars to choose from selecting the right rose for the right place may seem daunting.

Let Master Gardener and Rosarian Judith Kafantaris teach you about the attributes to look for in roses that will do well in our dry climate during the Oct. Gardening in Small Places workshop.

Rose photography entries in Rose Shows has become a very popular event in the last several years. If you every wonder how to display your pictures in Rose Shows, Christina Ropeter will show you where to buy the picture frames and how to mount the photographs during the So. Valley Rose Society’s October  workshop.

Watch for upcoming information on the 1st annual Rose Show on Nov. 18!


Enter to win bannerNevada students are invited to showcase their artistic talents and promote radon awareness by entering the 2018 Nevada Radon Poster Contest, offered by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Radon Education Program.

The contest ends Oct. 31.

The contest is open to all children ages 9 to 14 years old enrolled in public, private, territorial, tribal, Department of Defense and home schools.

Children can also enter through a sponsoring group, such as art, computer, library, reading, science, scouting, youth or 4-H clubs.

Details can be found on the website.

MulchClipartIn all seasons, one of the most important things that a gardener can do is mulching, putting a layer of some material on the soil surface.

In the winter, it keeps soil a little warmer, which limits chilling stress on tender plants.

When temperatures rise, it insulates the soil, keeping it slightly cooler.

It may help to think of mulch as similar to insulation in the attic.

Mulch can be almost any substance that lays on the surface of the soil, but some things are more beneficial and practical than others.

Read more about the importance of mulch in your garden!

Family hiking

Enjoy your day with family & friends!

Children need to be active 60 minutes a day, and walking or biking to school is an easy way to fit activity into a busy day.

Team up with other parents near your home to form “walking school buses” and take turns walking kids to the bus stop or all the way to school.

• Are you too busy to play together as a family? Physical activity can be broken up into shorter amounts throughout the day. Take a 10 minute walk before dinner, or go for a walk or bike ride after dinner for “dessert.” Think about your weekly or daily schedule and make opportunities to be more active. Every little bit helps.
• On weekends, plan a family hike through a scenic park. Children can help plan the route and make a map to use on the hike. Let the kids help rake or gather leaves and make a game of it. The winner gets to jump in the leaf pile first.
Adapted from Iowa Department of Public Health.