Orchard Calendar



6 responses to “Orchard Calendar

  1. Patricia Kurschinski

    I am in awe . Wonderful post . I grew up on a farm in California and had a huge garden . It seemed like we just put seeds in the ground and they grew but I was a kid and just ate ! I grow beautiful flowers and flowering vines here in Las Vegas ( I miss GREEN ). I’ve been trying and failing to grow vegetables here for at least 5 years.
    I have raised beds, bought local dirt ( tomato lady mix ) , aqua-jet watering and 2 inch plants planted on October 18 th.
    I learned a lot from your post and bookmarked it .
    Thank you !!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜

    Patricia Kurschinski

    • Hi Patricia ~ Welcome!

      I am so glad you enjoyed my post. I know exactly what you mean about California and gardening. I too am a homegrown California gal who transplanted herself in Las Vegas, NV about 11 years ago. Yes… we do have lots of brown and red scenery but sounds like you’ve been able to add some green and color to your garden ๐Ÿ™‚

      Our unique climate and gardening challenges can discourage even the best of us, but with the right tools, “regional specific” knowledge and a positive attitude, success can be a reality. Your description of your beautiful flower garden is proof! Sounds like you’re moving along with some possible solutions for your edible garden.

      Re: the soil, I know a lot of folks who use the tomato lady mix here in town and I have received mixed reviews on this product. One thing I do know for certain is that this soil does contain high levels of soluble salts (which can be detrimental to both plants and soil microbes). Proper irrigation and drainage is definitely required to help mitigate any issues. Note ~ most soils that contain animal manures (including human manure ~ a.k.a. biosolids) will contain higher levels of soluble salts. I’m hoping the aqua-jet system will help, though I have not tested this irrigation system in my garden.

      Let me know if there is anything I can do to help with your success. Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions.

  2. Linda

    Hi April: I’m an artist too, and we are hoping to relocate to Las Vegas soon, with a bit of land. Would love to grow some fruit trees of my own. Where did you purchase your trees? It would be fabulous to connect up with you, once we get down your direction. Linda

    • Hi Linda. That’s so awesome that you’re an artist and would love to grow fruit trees here! Most definitely I would love to connect with you when you relocate to our area. Do you paint? It would be so great to have an artist painting buddy who loves to grow things, too ๐Ÿ™‚ Where are you looking to buy in the Las Vegas area?

      I purchase my bareroot fruit trees from Bay Laurel Nursery (http://baylaurelnursery.com/). The local nursery selection leaves something to be desired, though in the last few years some excellent sources have popped up on the North end of town for bare root fruit trees. There are a few “urban farms” and a University test orchard on this side of town (north) who occasionally offer them in the spring. From my experience, the North end of town seems to have more edible garden resources (i.e., urban farms, rural lots, bulk compost source, etc.).

      • Linda

        Hi April:

        We are trying to find a place now. We want to be somewhere in Clark County, for the school district (I have a 13 yo daughter).

        Right now there are a couple of houses on the radar, out of several. Funny enough, the two that I like the best are in the North.

        Hope to have news of a house soon. Will be down there to shop in person soon. Then we will just be waiting for the closing, and we will be headed down from Washington State.

        I do mixed media work. Very mixed. Never know what will turn up, or how. : )


        • Awesome! Yes, Clark County is a very large area and they have some great schools on the North end of town. Need a great realtor? I recommend John & Brenda Zablockis from the Zablockis Group http://www.search-lasvegashomes.com/about/ . I have to say, Heads up… I’m a bit biased cuz they are my brother and sister-in-law, but they’re extremely dedicated to what they do and very knowledgeable about the area. They helped us find and get into our current home in a tough market a few years back ~ we couldn’t be happier ๐Ÿ™‚

          I absolutely love mixed media work ~ papers, fabrics, textures, etc. I’ve never gotten into it myself though. I lean toward oil painting (en plein air is my passion), pen & ink and watercolor, but I’m open to trying a new medium ๐Ÿ™‚

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