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2 Thursday, March 13, 1997 (ia .acflon The PV Garden Club wants you by Patti Babcock The Pahrump Valley Garden Club members invite all gardeners and wanta be gardeners to join them as they celebrate their second anniversary next month. Almita Bey- Carrion, founder and president, was joined by ten charter A GATHERING OF GARDENERS-President Almita Bey-Carrion opens the February meeting of the PV Garden Club. Local green thumbs will hear pruning advise and information on cold weather gardening from two expert speakers. u, 1 members at the first meeting in April 1995. A rapid expansion has followed with current membership more than triple. The club meets at Jordan/Chelsa Design and Nursery on Highway 372 near Highway 160 the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. The next meeting will be held on April 5, 1997. More information about the club is available by contacting Bey-Carrion at 727-0436. A major appeal of the group is that members, men and women, are all hands-on gardeners. They share problems, Selected plants for Pahrump GROUND COVERS: Dwarf Coyote bush, common Ice plant, various low-growing Junipers, Lippia. SHRUBS: Arizona rosewood, Banksia rose, Cotoneaster, Creosote bush, Evergreen euonymus, Fraser's photinia, Glossy abilia, Hall's honeysuckle, Heavenly bamboo, Indian hawthorn, Japanese boxwood, Junipers, Mediterranean fan palm. Oregon grape, Persian lilac, Salt bush, Texas ranger ,Tobira, mock orange, Xylosma, Yellow bird of paradise. • SHRUBBY TREES: Chaste Tree, Desert Willow, wash willow, Evergreen magnolia, Flowering crabapple, Flowering plum, Japanese pagoda tree, Japanese privet, Mimosa, silk tree, Pomegranate, Russian olive, Texas ebony, Texas mountain laurel ,Western redbud. TREES: Aleppo pine, Arizona cypress, Ash, Athel, Black locust, Chinaberry, Chinese elm, Chinese pistache, Eldarica pine, Globe Willow, Glossy privet, Goldenrain tree, Honey Locust, Italian cypress, Mesquite, Osage orange, Tree-of- heaven, Western catalpa. (courtesy of the University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension) YROCK& 727-1490 Decorative Colored Rock All Natural Colors *Decorative Landscaping* Rock • Gravel • Boulders. Sand In over 100 colors & s/zest! Green • Reds • Golds • Whites • Blacks Browns • Purples • Rose or Mxes Sandstone • Flagstone • River Rock We also Design and / or Place Rock or.... SAVE MONEY • DO IT YOURSELF II OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK On Rachel Court, East of Vicki Ann, South of Manse solutions and good gardening tips. Speakers are frequently invited to give expert advise on desert gardening, mulching, pruning and more. Members also share seeds, plants and buying tips. Gardeners from other areas often find themseh, es facing failure as they I cope with poor ......... soil conditions, fierce winds, searing heat and freezing cold in our tough desert environment. They gain information and the assurance that they can indeed garden in the desert when they visit the club. It's also a good way to meet others with a common interest. The group enjoys two social functions a year. An annual anniversary dinner/dance in the spring and a club picnic each photo by Patti Babcock fall. Community spirit is another growing area for the club. Members planted a tree at the Pahrump Cemetery the past two years in honor of Arbor Day and are currently planning to help fund a growing project for grammar school children. Plans for a community beautification project are also being discussed. Successfully growing flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs, is the primary focus of the club. Their best community gift may be in promoting the flowering of Pahrump. II I II Mulching - a lost art by Linn Mills Mulching is the practice of covering the soil with a layer of organic, inorganic, or synthetic material to modify the soil environment and enhance plant growth. Think about what mulching will do for you: • Conserves moisture by slowing evaporation from the soil surface. In a Kansas study, shade from trees reduced soil evaporation by 36 percent, Just adding a straw mulch under the canopy, further reduced evaporation. Although trees and shrubs provide their own shade, flowers and other small plants have less protection. Mulches provide them a cooler environment tor improved root growth. Excessive soil temperature extremes reduce plant growth, especially when there isn't enough water present to cool surface roots. • Promotes growth by preventing rapid soil-temperature fluctuations. In that same study, bare soil temperatures varied as much as 38 degrees within a 24-hour period. The same soil under a mulch varied only 12 degrees. • Reduces soil compaction, thus allowing more moisture to penetrate the soil surface so that less irrigation runoffoccurs. *Helps control weeds. These misplaced plants take water from the soil - an important conservation step. • Reduces the leaching of soluble nutrients by slowing water percolation through the soil. Wood chips, grass clippings, straw, compost, and other organic materials serve as mulches. They also improve oxygen moveanent into the soil by preventing crust from forming on soils after irrigation. The mulch type determines how well you insulate roots from heat. A loose mulch protects better against high temperatures than a compacted covering. Mulches that remain loose allow for more water penetration. Some materials, such as peat moss or grass clippings, when settled, form a surface cover that sheds water. Although they still may be useful mulches, light irrigation will not penetrate them. (Courtesy of Universio, of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension) BLOSSOMING BEAUTIES-A cluster of flowering ornamental plum trees sings spring to drivers along Calvada Blvd. ,photo by Patti Babcock null i lue iamon 8 00/00urs er00/ Cactus .. 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