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Get growing at Reno area nurseries and garden centers

By July 7, 2012

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The sun is shining, the weather is nice and toasty, and there's no more snow on Peavine Mountain. It's time to get out and dig in the garden that's waited patiently all winter.

A tulip grows in Reno, Nevada, NV
A tulip grows in Reno, Nevada.
Photo © Stan White

If you are new to gardening in the Truckee Meadows, or still an amateur like me despite years of digging, we have several excellent nurseries and garden centers around town where you can get everything you need to tip the odds of success in your favor. These places obviously succeed if their gardener customers succeed, so you can feel pretty confident about getting good advice, the right soil amendments and fertilizers, and plants that will do well in our harsh high desert climate.

Even though I'm not a super dedicated gardener, I have learned a few things through trial and error. If you want flowers, plant bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, and iris grow great in my yard and I don't have to do anything but add water. These flowers hunker down for the winter and reward you with beautiful blossoms year after year. For vegetables, you can't go wrong with most types of squash. I like yellow crooknecks and they love it here. Pumpkins and watermelons find Reno to their liking as well. Tomatoes like it here and I've grown some good ones. However, the first hard freeze of fall will take them all out.

Another excellent place to find expert information about home gardening is the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). You can benefit from their research and access information online or a local offices such as the one for Washoe County that's located right here in Reno at 4955 Energy Way. The phone number is (775) 784-4848.

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