Bob Morris free fruit tree pruning classes in Las Vegas

Instead of meeting for our regular monthly gardening club meeting we’ll attend the fruit tree pruning class on Saturday 12/19/15 in Las Vegas.   Bob Morris taught two of the Master Gardener classes in Kingman this spring and he’s extremely knowledgeable.
We’re leaving Meadview around 6:45 am and we still have a couple of seats in the truck available, so please let me know if you’re interested in riding with us.
You can also attend the class on quite a few other days, so if you plan on going to Vegas before Christmas, check it out:
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Add to our wholesale berry, fruit and nut tree orders

Our first order will be from Hartmann’s Plant Company in Michigan.  They retail too, but if you order more than 100 plants you get wholesale prices.   I’ve been looking for deals like Hartmann’s, with many berries, kiwi and figs for about $2/ea in 2.5″ containers.   In previous years I paid $6 and more for small seedlings or rooted cuttings and lost quite a few of them.
There’s LOTS of info at Hartmann’s site and you can browse both the retail and wholesale listings:
Download wholesale catalog (.pdf)
The Growing Instructions are quite extensive and they also describe each plant and how to grow and prune it.  Some plants appear to be available only retail, such as asparagus and elderberry. It looks like the Growing Instructions contain all plants. And of course you can also download the retail catalog.
Download Growing Instructions
We will talk about specific plants and how to grow them in our climate at the 1/29 Gardening Club meeting next Thursday at 2 pm at Canyon’s End near Meadview.   That’s when you can add to our order and we will place the order the following weekend.
I called Hartmann’s today and a helpful person promptly answered the phone, spoke fluent English and answered my questions.  We’re off to a good start.   They’ll ship about a week after the order or later, as specified.  I may split the order into two shipments, have to do some more research.
Shipping costs:  about 25% of the order and I’ll probably have more info next week at the meeting.
In the meantime, please post here or email with any questions.
If you’re in Kingman or Golden Valley, we can bring your plants to town or you can pick them up at our place, near Meadview.
Below is our preliminary order:
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April 24, 2014: Arbor Day celebration with free and low cost trees

The Nevada State Nursery is providing tree seedlings for Arbor Day  events and I just reserved 60 seedlings at $2.50 a piece.   Our April gardening club meeting is on Thursday 4/24/14 (the day before the official Arbor Day) and we will be celebrating with Mimosa, Arizona Cypress and Honey Locust seedlings from the Nevada State Nursery.  Location TBA, please subscribe to our email list for updates).
Every member will get a free tree seedling!
To reserve additional tree seedlings at cost, please contact me ASAP.
We will probably meet at our place and we’ll talk about how and where to plant trees so they will be off to a good start.  Evergreens are great for places where you want shade and wind breaks year round, but around your garden and house you might want deciduous trees so that you get that winter sun.
We’ve had great success with poly line irrigation ($10 for 100 ft, simply punch holes in the poly, no attachments needed and nothing plugs up) and we’ll talk about gravity v. pressurized irrigation.
After 5 years of gardening in the high desert we learned how incredibly important trees and shrubs are to a successful and affordable garden.  While they have to be watered regularly during the first summer, they will greatly REDUCE the requirement for cooling houses and gardens once they are established and it is well worth the cost of the water.  Aside from providing shade, wind breaks are extremely important for food crops and some trees and shrubs like locusts and bird of paradise even take the nitrogen from the air and add it to the soil.
We are in the process of assembling a listing of plants suitable for our harsh climate and appreciate your input!

The High Desert Gardening Club

We’ve been so busy and are finally getting ready to put the film on the hoophouse. We had the first hard freezes, worked on our house addition and organized the High Desert Gardening Club.
We have been meeting every second Monday for the last couple months and had meetings.
Summaries of the meetings along with the links to the videos we watched are at the High Desert Gardening Club blog.
Wish I had more time to post. We’re taking lots of pictures and will catch up when it’s cold and wet outside.