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Participants must sign an agreement to volunteer 50 hours a year to the program in order to stay certified as a Master Gardener. They answer phone calls, send out informational materials and develop community gardens. Mid to late March are good times for plants such as artichokes, asparagus, beets, parsley, parsnips, radishes, spinach and turnips.
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"I always loved to garden. Then I moved here, and I went, 'What?' "she said. " We have really bad soil here, really bad. Why? Because where we're standing, this used to be an ocean."
To become a Master Gardener, people must complete 80 hours of training, which consists of 20 classes of instruction offered by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. Mondays, Wednesdays and Prada Canvas Bag Price
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Valerie Godino's Summerlin backyard is filled with plants of all types, including flowers and vegetables peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, lettuce and herbs such as chives and parsley.
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To bypass the alkaline infused ground, she uses raised beds. She bought tons of "cheapy cheap fill" and treated it with compost to fill them. Anything she planted soon started growing. A secondary benefit of raised beds was they're easy on her back.
"Yes, you can have a botanical garden in Southern Nevada," Godino said, spreading her arms in a "voila" gesture.
growing things was as easy as tossing a seed into the ground.
Buy PhotoFrom vegetables to hops, local gardeners share desert planting tipsMaster gardener Joann Reckling displays her seedlings that will be transplanted into her backyard garden, March 2. (David Becker/View)
They also learn that plants don't like our soil. Key to the process is mulch. For soil amendment advice and to learn locations offering free mulch, contact the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., at 702 822 7700. The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is another source for planting advice. To reach its Master Gardener Help Desk, call 702 257 5555.
Buy PhotoFrom vegetables to hops, local gardeners share desert planting tipsMaster gardener Joann Reckling displays a pepper picked from her backyard garden, March 2. (David Becker/View)
Buy PhotoFrom vegetables to hops, local gardeners share desert planting tipsA garden gnome stands guard in Joann Reckling's backyard garden, March 2. (David Becker/View)
View visited a number of Master Gardeners to learn how they tamed the desert to grow a plethora of plants.
Reckling has turned her desert backyard into a cornucopia of flowers, herbs and vegetables.(David Becker/View)
Fridays in the spring semester. Classes include three hours of Prada Cahier Bags lectures and one hour of hands on activities. There is a $200 fee charged to offset program expenses.
Buy PhotoFrom vegetables to hops, local gardeners share desert planting tipsMaster gardener Joann Reckling samples a freshly picked broccoli flower from her backyard garden, March 2. (David Becker/View)
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