Vegas Veggies

Vegas Veggies

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EILEEN: You can garden
here in Las Vegas. If you just bought a house
here, you just moved here from different parts
of the country, you’ll realize that we can
garden here year-round. Cool season crops,
warm season crops. COLLEEN: Admittedly,
we don’t have the best native
soil for vegetables. So the first step
in starting a garden is soil supplementation. CINDY: The soil is the most
important part of your garden. So if you really invest
more in the soil, and get that ready and
alive, then you can add whatever you want to plant. I would say start small,
you can do containers. You can also do raised beds. And then that way you
can control the soil and the watering
and exposure of it. EILEEN: Raised beds are
very popular here in Las Vegas. You can get it up
off the ground, you don’t have to dig
this hard, hard soil. You know there’s good drainage. Set your irrigation into play. And make your raised
beds so that you’re able to reach into the center
of it and get around it. And maybe put a little
edge on it so you can sit down and harvest
your vegetables. COLLEEN: One great
advantage we have here is more suitable
months for gardening than much of the rest
of the country has. But you do have to
get the timing right to make the most of that. Timing is really
critical here. To get your crops in the spring in early enough before
the heat comes in, you should not plant in
the middle of summer, in the heat of the summer, that will set you
up for a failure. Wait until fall to put in
your cool season crops. COLLEEN: And no one
will consider it cheating to enlist the help of
a few natural allies. Worms are not indigenous
to the Mojave desert, so we do have to get the worms. These are red wigglers. And then we also have some
African nightcrawlers, ’cause they seem to do okay. I put scraps in there from my
garden, or from my kitchen. And they eat them, and
then what comes out is this beautiful rich soil. I also have other little
critters growing in there. But that’s all part
of the decomposition, and what makes it really rich. COLLEEN: Las
Vegas receives less than four inches of rain a year. So proper and sufficient
watering will be crucial, especially to nurse those plants through our blazing hot summers. EILEEN: You should have a
good drip irrigation system, cover that with a nice
mulch, that’s going to help retain the moisture
and keep the soil cool during the heat of the summer. COLLEEN: Long hot summer
days might not seem conducive to anything regarding gardening, but they’re actually
a great time to plan for the fall season. But both our experts agree,
don’t plan too big at first. CINDY: I think that sometimes people think that
an edible garden means it’s just acres
and acres of food. But you can just
have a container, like a whisky
barrel or something, and have some greens or
some other things in there, and you’ve got some edible
things happening there. COLLEEN: These
are just a few ideas to get you started
on creating your own produce section right
in your own backyard. We think you’ll find that
gardening in the desert will be greatly rewarding,
especially when you have such tremendous
resources available here at the Springs Preserve,
along with eager gardeners ready to help you with any
and all your questions. There’s always a
gardener available here at the Springs
Preserve to help you and answer questions
if you do need help.

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