Part of the Garden is in ~ cool crops 2012

Over the weekend I turned over half of my garden, that sits behind the garage, with manure and blood meal. I’ve been itching to play in the dirt for a while now. 🙂 Here in Northern Nevada we have “unsettled weather” through the end of May…so it’s only safe to plant the cool weather crops right now.

Part of the seeds!

I planted Sugar Snap peas on one side of a trellis and will plant some more this weekend on the other side. In front of the peas I planted some Easter egg radishes and Scarlet Nantes carrots.

Sugar Snap Peas, Scarlet Nantes Carrots and Easter Egg Radishes.

The left side of the garden I planted Heirloom beets, yellow onions, radishes, and two types of garlic ~ Early Italian purple artichoke and Silverskin Italian Late.

Heirloom beets, radishes, yellow onions and two type of garlic.

In two barrels that the previous owners left behind I planted red onions and Island Sunshine potatoes.

Red Onions in a barrel.

The middle part of the garden will house peppers, pole beans, dill and cucumbers, and eggplant (I’m an adult…I should give eggplant another try! LOL!). I’m going to plant the squash and pumpkins on the side of the house. I have a pallet that will be an herb garden.

I’ll probably get a barrel from Lowes (they have some from Jack Daniels)…between that and other containers that would take care of the tomatoes.

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A lot of the trees in my neighborhood have been blossoming…and then the winds blew them all away! Luckily our pear tree hasn’t come out yet…but it will soon! 🙂

Soon to be Pear Blossoms!

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While watering the front yard I spied something that I totally forgot I planted! Peonies from my Grandma’s yard in Nebraska (dug up before she died).

Grandma's Peonies.

Also some tulips that one of my faculty gave me from work.

Tulips.

Springtime in Northern Nevada with Thoughts of Gardening

I love northern Nevada…but springtime here can be a killer. She teases you with 70F one day and then drops the daytime temps to 46F the next. You just want to hug your trees that are full of ready to burst blossoms and tell them to HANG ON BABIES!

Weeping Cherry

Weeping Cherry

Wrapping your newly transplanted cool weather veggies with pine needles or straw so they can make through the 25F-32F nights. Big Sigh.

Me thinks I’m going to have to buy myelf some more herbs at the Master Gardener's Plant Sale in May…some of them didn’t make it through the last cold snap, and we’re having another tonight for a couple of days.

I’ve noticed lots of people looking at my posts of how to make yourself a raised garden bed ~ Here’s what mine ended up looking like…Finished Raised Garden Beds.

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Thought I’d link you to a bunch of sites that are for us locally here in North Western Nevada…starting with Local Harvest: Real Food, Real Farmers, Real Community. I put in my zip of 89431…but it covers the Reno/Sparks, Sierra Valley, Truckee, Stagecoach Areas. You can just put in your Zip if you want something else. You can find Farms, Farmer’s Markets, Restaurants and Grocery Stores that sell/use locally produced veggies, fruits, diary and meats.

A list of LOCAL CSA's in our area. Including Reno, Silver Springs, Fallon, and Stagecoach.

The River School looks like a pretty cool place…an educational and event center that demonstrates a holistic approach to stustainable living. Organic Gardening.

Home Classes Workshops & Events Weddings & Parties Calendar Sustainable Practices Mayberry Farm Contact Photos Organic Gardening Series

Early Registration is now over but please drop in for the classes you would like to attend.

Winter & Spring Series
11 workshops, January 10th – May 23rd, 1 – 3 pm
Note: these are not consecutive Saturdays!!!

From planning to making compost to planting, this series will give you the know-how to create a vibrant and productive organic garden. We’ll take you through the following topics and offer expert advice from our years of organic growing experience:

•What is Organic? (1/10)
•Planning your Garden (3 parts: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7)
•Starting Seedlings – cool season crops (2/21)
•Pruning Fruit Trees, Shrubs & Grapes (3/7)
•Compost & Worms (3/21)
•Starting Seedlings – warm season crops (4/4)
•Soil & Beds (4/18)
•Raising Chickens (5/2)
•Planting your Garden (5/23)

Class just added: Garden & Tool Management (Sunday, 5/17 from 10-12pm)

$10/pp for all

Part of the River School is Mayberry Farm ~ Growing Organic Food in Reno, Nevada.

Mayberry Farm is a group of gardens and micro-farms throughout Reno, Nevada dedicated to growing organic foods and to sustainable living education. We are part of the effort to produce 20% of the Truckee Meadows food locally by the year 2020.

Workshop Programs at Mayberry Farm include Organic Micro Farm Series (Irrigation & Water Harvesting, Crop Planting & Seeding, Composting, Poultry Mangement, and Beekeeping). Green Building Workshop: The Pallet Chicken Coop.

University of Nevada, Cooperative Extension Office ~ Washoe County Calendar. There is a class coming up called Backyard Conservation Workshop taught by Leslie Allen. She’ll discuss methods and techniques of creating wildlife habitats in the home landscape with special focus on creating habitat for native pollinators and beneficial insects.

Earth Day is this coming Sunday ~ 19 April ~ don’t forget to go to Idlewild Park!

Community Gardens in Reno/Sparks area ~

Teglia's Paradise Park Community Garden
Yori Street/Libby Booth Garden
Mayberry Farm is in it’s early stages of making a garden plot on Valley Road between Sixth and Seventh Streets and are looking for other spaces to start…products raised will go to the Great Basing Community Food Co-op.

This is sort of an after thought … was checking out Craigslist and saw an ad called Got Polutry ~ I may have to check them out sometime as I’m still mulling over the idea of raising a couple of chickens for eggs.

Northern Nevada Poultry Fanciers Association