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Blueberry Growing in the Eastern Sierra

Growing Blueberries in the Eastern Sierra   Growing blueberries is a relatively new trend in the Eastern Sierra. Our climate and soils are not ideally suited to growing them, but with a little help you may be able to raise plants that produce a...

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:59 AM

Onions in the Owens Valley

2014 Onion Trial Results Conducted by Pat West, Master Gardener Volunteer In an attempt to show which of the three types of onions are best suited to growing conditions in the Eastern Sierra a small-scale trial was performed by one of our...

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 1:54 PM

A Winter Gem


by Alison Collin If ever there was a plant designed to live in the high desert areas of the Owens Valley, it must surely be Iris unguicularis, a small rhizomatous iris native to hot, stony areas of Turkey, Tunisia and Greece. They will grow in sandy,...

Posted on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 9:04 AM

All About Composting

By Paula Sayer, Master Gardener Volunteer Do you keep losing your pets in your leaf piles, but feel tired at the thought of all the work involved in chopping and turning a decent compost pile? Compost doesn't have to be a lot of work. I'm briefly going...

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM


Growing Carrots.   Carrots originally come from Afghanistan and have been extensively hybridized to provide a vast array of different shapes, colors and sizes – long and tapering, stump rooted, ball-shaped, as well as purple and yellow...

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM
  • Author: Alison Collin

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