Gardening in Nevada

Gardening in Nevada, Part 1: Starting Your Garden

If you love gardening, or have always thought about gardening, but pushed the thoughts aside because you live in Nevada, you might want to think again. Josh Jimenez, the store manager for Garden Shop Nursery in Reno, tells you that you can have a successful and flourishing garden—even in Nevada. In Part 1 of our gardening series, you’ll learn from local Reno business Garden Shop Nursery the basics you need to know before starting your Nevada garden.

Plant selection and placement

Not all plants are created equal. While some plants thrive well in Nevada; others don’t. And for the plants that do thrive in Nevada, don’t assume all of them will enjoy the heat or sun. This is why plant placement is extremely important. Our intense afternoon Nevada sun might be a welcomed friend to some plants, while being an enemy for others. For plants that might be more sensitive to the sun than others, you may need to consider some kind of shade structure (or put them close to your house).

Garden Shop Nursery knows that choosing plants that will thrive in our area can be overwhelming— which is why they only offer plants that will do well in Nevada, and offer plenty of advice.

The Soil

You can run into a few problems when gardening in Nevada because our soil is hard clay and alkaline. The problems you might face include water retention, drainage, and the soil’s pH. Because each plant has its own water and pH needs, choosing the right soil amendments and fertilizer is something Garden Shop Nursery loves to do with its customers. They encourage customers to use organics because they are “good for the environment, as well as the customer, but also because they are more effective.” They’re more effective because they’re not water soluble, meaning they feed the plan longer.

If you’re a new gardener, Garden Shop Nursery suggests using and mixing an organic soil with the native soil, which will help create a “soil structure that is beneficial to the plant in terms of water and oxygen getting to the roots, as well as making the soil less compact so that the roots can easily move through the soil.”

When to Plant

Knowing when to plant can be difficult and confusing. We love how Garden Shop Nursery sums it up: “planting can be done as long as you can dig the dirt.” Vegetables, they say, involve several stages to plant in. Here are a few specifics:

  • Leafy and root vegetables such as garlic, kale, broccoli, and onions are best to plant when it’s still cool.
  • Fruit-bearing vegetables can be started as seeds indoors and moved outdoors and planted around mid-May or June, depending on the weather.

And because of our area and our dry and cold winters, you’ll need to make sure you water.

For more information about gardens or plant care, feel free to give Garden Shop Nursery a call or stop by their shop at the Caughlin Ranch House, and be sure to join us for Part 2 of our gardening series, where we’ll talk about container gardening.