High Desert Gardening Fact Sheets from Moana Nursery
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Below is our current list of helpful information fact sheets (FAQ's) on a variety of topics that we have put together based on local knowledge; these fact sheets are available as handouts at all of the information centers located inside Moana Nursery locations. Scroll down the list of explanatory subjects & titles and click to see any or all of these helpful fact sheets. If you don't see the answer to your question here, please visit our knowledgeable staff or email your question to Moana Nursery:
High Desert Gardening ... Timely, Local Tips Updated Every Two Weeks Approx.
What is Drought Tolerant? (Definition)
New ... Treatment and Control of High Desert Noxious/Invasive Weeds (52 Pages with pics)
Insects & Pests
Special Plants/Plant Care
Irrigation & Watering
Indoor Plant Care
Winter Landscape Care
General Gardening Information
Moana Nursery's High Desert Vegetable Calndaer(Excel version)
Proper Tree Maintenance (one page from Virginia Tech)
High Desert Vegetable Calendar ... When to start and plant, etc. (PDF version)
How much shoud I water??? (Our #1 asked question in the High Desert.) The answer to that question is ... you need to water enough to keep the soil evenly moist. With our warm and windy weather and especially for new plantings, that may mean every day but probably not. Until you get a good feel for how much water your plants need, the best thing to do is to gently poke around the soil just below the surface and adjacent to the root ball. The soil just outside the root ball should be moist but not wet. If you were to grab a handful it would clump together when squeezed but not drip any water. Factors such as sun exposure, wind, soil conditions and your irrigation method will all influence the water frequency needed. Eventually infrequent but deep watering will keep your plants healthy but until they develop an established root system you will need to monitor them closely.
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