The holiday season has come to an end which means it’s time to start thinking about our gardens for the spring cool season. Joining a community garden is an easy way to try your hand at gardening. The beds are already built, filled with great soil and have individual irrigation hookups. It’s also a great way to learn from your neighbors. Even if you’ve passed the novice gardening stage long ago, joining a community garden is an quick way to expand your growing space. It’s also very rewarding to guide others as they embark on their gardening journey.
The Provident Community Garden has 4’x8′ raised beds ready for planting. We are located at W Oakey Blvd and S Jones Blvd behind the 7th Day Adventist Church. There is a one time fee of $75. Water and maintenance is $10/mo paid quarterly. Please contact Nedra Hoogland at email@example.com with any questions or to join our community of gardeners.
Here are some highlights from our fall cool season…
Non-vining varieties of peas are easy to grow without a trellis.
Join the Master Gardeners “In the Gardens” as they do planting/harvesting and seasonal maintenance.
Rose Garden – Mondays, December 5 and 19 at 9am.
Vegetable/Fruit Trials Garden – Wednesday, December 14 at 10am.
Garden Tours – Fridays, December 2, 9, 16 at 10am.
The Cooperative Extension gardens are located at 8050 Paradise Rd. (Windmill Exit off 215). Garden Tours meet at the Master Gardener Help Desk; parking is available in the front lot. Otherwise, park in the back lot and look for the Master Gardeners “in the gardens!”
Cooperative Extension Demonstration Gardens Three acre botanical garden at 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas 89123 featuring 1300 species of desert-adapted plants that are identified by botanical and common names. Specialty plantings include: Roses, Milkweeds, Herbs, Vegetables, Fruit Orchard, Native Wash, Cacti. Open to the public weekdays, 8-4:30. Master Gardeners are available from 9-3 at 702-257-5555.
Cooperative Extension Research Center and MG Orchard Fruit and vegetable gardens at 4600 Horse Drive, North Las Vegas, 89131. Open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon. Freshly picked seasonal produce (fees) plus free mulch. Master Gardeners offer guided tours and gardening advice.
Did you know that the best time to garden in Las Vegas is in the Fall? The late Lynn Mills wrote the following article for the RJ in 2010…
Fall gardening is an excellent way to garden, especially those who have failed in the past in Las Vegas. It’s also a wonderful way to keeping your fertile garden soil at its peak. At the same time, you can expect delicious vegetables into winter at a fraction of cost of those purchased in stores.
The late Bill Tomiyasu’s research showed us to begin planning fall vegetables between Aug. 15 and Columbus Day. Yes, it’s hot, but I’ve noticed late August night temperatures begin cooling off. If you don’t believe me, notice the new growth beginning to appear on your shrubs in the next few weeks.
The Moapa farmers always began planting their cool-season vegetables in mid-August.
Don’t be afraid to plant fall vegetables later, in case we have a warmer fall. While it’s risky, the rewards are definitely worth it. Some vegetables you can harvest through the winter until they go to seed.
Keep a record of what and when you planted them and what succeeded or failed to help you in the future. I hope this guide, combined with your own experience, will help you have a bountiful late season garden.
Here are the vegetables to grow this fall:
Beans and peas: Not exactly fall crops, but produces well in the fall.
Beets: A root crop, you can harvest its leaves or roots.
Broccoli: Amazingly delicious, producing a central head and bushels of side shoots.
Brussels sprouts: Get transplants to produce scores of little cabbages.
Cabbage: Grows best from transplants such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Carrots: Slow to germinate, but easy to grow to make satisfying snack foods.
Cauliflower: Get transplants in early to develop large heads.
Collards: Has leafy greens similar to kale, but with stronger-flavored leaves.
Endive: Nice-looking leaves with a slight peppery taste.
Garlic: Easy-growing bulb filled with healthy cloves.
Globe onions: To get bulbs, plant short-day varieties.
Green onions: Easy to grow, harvest, as you need them like chives.
Kale: Produces nutritious leafy greens and easily over-winters.
Kohlrabi: The above ground bulb tastes like a cross between a cabbage and turnip, with leaves unusually crowned.
Leeks: Very hardy and withstands freezing weather.
Lettuce: Head lettuce matures slowly while leaf lettuces mature quickly in fall.
Mustard: It’s very easy to grow, with spicy hot leaves.
Oriental vegetables: Plant a wide range of unusual varieties now.
Radishes: The quickest to harvest, so let kids grow them.
Rutabagas: Larger and sweeter than turnips, but plant soon for fall harvests.
Spinach: Delicious and sweet, even through the winter.
Swiss chard: Easy leafy veggie that’s delicious into next summer.
Turnips: Easy to grow, quick maturing and very productive crop.
You have until Columbus Day to plant these vegetables. They need about five hours of sunlight and grow with little fuss.
Consider these reasons why you need to plant a fall garden:
Raises spirits: Gardening is relaxing and calming while buoying up your spirits as you participate in the miracle of growing things.
Health: Homegrown foods are healthier and more nutritious than store produce.
Reduce fear: We hear much about contaminated foods and pesticides so take control of your garden, knowing it will be safe and fresh.
Keep fit: Gardening is a great way to burn calories. It involves walking, stretching, lifting, bending and builds muscles.
Discover: The more you know, the more you want to know about gardening. Pests will challenge you and you’ll pay more attention to weather conditions as it relates to growing your own food. The Springs Preserve and Nevada Cooperative Extension have gardening classes to expand your learning.
Security: That’s right. With skyrocketing energy costs and our dependence on store foods, you’ll feel secure with food coming from your own garden.
Saves dollars: Buying vegetables is expensive, while a packet of seeds costs about $2. It’s amazing the amount of produce you will get from your garden for almost nothing. If you have any surplus, preserve it.
Attractive: Vegetables are beautiful, adding color, texture, smell and life to your surroundings.
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