AugustAlthough summer might be coming to an end that does not mean the end of work for the intrepid Mojave gardener. It can be the time when work is just beginning, or to be more accurate, when the work picks up again after a brief summer lull.

Until it cools down to those balmier autumn levels, many of us will simply look over the garden with a certain level of satisfaction. When temperatures are above 90°F, only a few people are going to pull weeds with the same enthusiasm they had back in the spring.  Even observing our plants as they grow is more than a passive activity.

A healthy garden does not require us to labor terribly energetically at all times. By August, any gardener has earned the right to enjoy what is literally “the fruits of one’s labor”.
Stepping back and paying attention allows us to see what has or has not been successful.  Continue reading.

Desert Willow tree

The Desert Willow is a good choice for your desert landscape.

Trees are some of the largest, and can be some of the most expensive, plant material you’ll add to your landscape.

When properly selected, placed, planted and cared for, trees can be the focal point of your garden; however, if improperly placed, planted or cared for, trees can also be the most costly mistake you can make in your landscape.

Luckily, Cooperative Extension is offering a one-day workshop on tree selection and care!

HummingbirdLas Vegas is an oasis in the desert and a prime location for visiting and nesting hummingbirds.
Join longtime Las Vegas veterinarian, nature photographer and falconer, Gary Weddle, as he discusses the four types of hummingbirds found in the Las Vegas Valley.
Weddle offers tips to make and keep your home and yard hummingbird friendly.
This presentation is part of the Nevada Naturalist Lecture Series.

 

Jars of pickled itemsCooperative Extension is offering free Food Preservation classes beginning in August. Through hands-on classroom training, the basics of canning, drying and freezing fresh fruits and vegetables will be taught.

The Food Preservation classes teach the fundamentals of home food preservation in six sections: canning, drying, freezing, pressure canning, pickles, relishes, jams, and jellies.

The course uses researched-based methods to train participants on proper food preservation techniques following USDA guidelines. More information can be found on the website.

 

LavenderSince gardening is a year-round activity in Las Vegas, the Master Gardener Program is offering a free evening speaker series—Growing under the Stars—beginning in July.

Each month the speaker and topic will change depending on the gardening issue for that month.

The gardening series begins on July 26 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Find all the details here!