Northern Nevada backyards and landscapes: The winter gardener | Carson City Nevada News

It may possibly be challenging to believe that, but February is just all-around the corner. Although there are generally storms about Presidents’ weekend, some days in February are normally fairly moderate. I don’t forget temperatures in the very low 70s some years. And, while those hotter times are welcome, newcomers to the location normally imagine winter season is over and get nervous to start out gardening again. Prolonged-time Northern Nevada gardeners know better.

I have no thought how very long the two feet of snow in our yard is going to previous. The temperature looks like it will cold by way of the commencing of February with some chance of snow. I unquestionably am not considering any landscaping pursuits at the second. Effectively, if I can locate the floor and the litter from the trees, I could decide up windfall and snow-broken branches.

My husband will possibly wait a little bit extended to sharpen the blades on all the lawnmowers. We in all probability won’t will need them until eventually mid- to late- April, so there is lots of time. He usually sharpens, deep cleans and oils my pruning applications in late winter season, which is not until finally March. Our primary action correct now seems to be snow elimination. Of course, we are also striving to uncover the wooden pile so we can reload our wooden racks by the household.

For any person yearning for a plant-relevant action, try out transplanting and pruning your houseplants, or acquiring new ones. Also, clean all the leaves on all your indoor plants or gently wipe the dust off with a gentle piece of lamb’s wool. The lanolin in the wool makes the leaves glow.

Spring seed and plant catalogs have arrived and will proceed to do so for the following months. I have a close friend who scrutinizes her catalogs, marking all the vegetation she is craving for her backyard garden and lawn. Then, right after a number of weeks or additional, she testimonials the crops she assumed she couldn’t are living without the need of and will get actual about which will truly get the job done and which are just pipedreams. Sometimes she just throws the catalogs in the magazine bin and forgets buying all collectively.

Some sites counsel waiting to function soil right until the temperatures are continually in the 50s. I also advise waiting for the soil to dry out considerably so you are not functioning mud. You also could want to examine all your backyard provides this kind of as fertilizer and soil amendments, tomato cages, partitions-of-h2o and even gloves. Get what you need and you will be ready when spring definitely comes.

JoAnne Skelly is Affiliate Professor & Extension Educator, Emerita, College of Nevada Cooperative Extension. She can be arrived at at

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