Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Volunteer assists with loading and pitching pumpkins with the trebuchet at last year’s event.

Unsold and collected pumpkins will be launched using catapults and a trebuchet in the Silverton Hotel and Casino parking lot.

The catapults were built by East Career Technical Academy students under the guidance of Fausto Vega, who teaches construction skills at the school.

The trebuchet was built by Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Rachel Lewison and retired U.S. Air Force Director, Bruce Romeo.

The catapults are expected to launch the pumpkins about 50 feet while the trebuchet is expected to cover a 100-foot distance.

The launched pumpkins will be composted into soil.

This is the second annual Pitch-a-Pumpkin event.

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!