Getting  Ready for Summer Veggies

I have been sooo busy getting ready for my summer garden.   I have been starting lots of Hawaiian Tropic seeds for those of you who have greenhouses or just simply want to grow indoors under lights until the plants are big and then transplant biggies into the garden. I am also growing other tomatoes and veggies for Saturday’s plant sales here at the Test Garden.

I taught a tree propagation class on New Year’s Day and 50 to 60 people came to that . . . you moved around a lot and were hard to count, but you drank 4 gallons of soup.  The soup pot got a little burnt sitting on my chef’s butane burner while I talked away and ignored it – I am still trying to clean that darn pot.  I used to love that pot.

 My indoor grow shelves are filled with germinating seeds and the greenhouse is cleaned-up and almost ready for them, the propane tanks are filled and the greenhouse heater is working good.  I need to wash the ceiling glass so the sun can get through and then it will be ready for seedlings.  I haven’t grown this many plants for almost a decade.  It is amazing how motivated I get with a willing helper.  Thank you Roberto.

Beginning in mid-February I will have plant sales on Saturday here at the Test Garden.  We are busy growing veggies, shrubs, trees and . . . I will also post some Saturday classes for you so you can ‘kill 2 birds with 1 stone.’  (I never like that killing bird phrase, but . . .)

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My Free Gardening Classes at
Centennial Hills Library

Wednesday Nights and Saturday @ Noon –  Free Gardening Classes
January and February

6711 N. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89131

Wed. Evening, Jan 18, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm – Growing Tomatoes & Veggies in Las Vegas – You should be picking an abundance of big and juicy tomatoes like I grow.  I will show you how, it’s easy if you change a couple of things your doing now, (or not doing ? ? ?).

Sat. at Noon, Jan 21, 2017, 12-1 pm  How to Choose and Grow Fruit Trees.   Even if  oranges and most other citrus don’t grow well here there is an abundance of fruit that will provide you with lots of food.  I will discuss the varieties that will give you an abundance of fruit and I’ll show you how to water, feed and care for them

Wed. Evening, Jan 25, 2017, 6:30-7:30 pm – What Kind of Soil, Fertilizer, How Much to Water?  This is one of the most critical things to be aware of if you don’t want to waste you time trying to grow food.  I can explain to you in a heartbeat why you think you don’t have a green thumb – and you will be able to fix it. 

Sat. at Noon, Jan 28, 2017, 12-1 pm – Seed Starting Workshop – Start Pepper & Chili Seeds.  I will provide seed starting kits free of charge to the first 10 students.  Additional kits and supplies can be purchased through my website or before or after the class at the Test Garden, or you can just listen – you don’t have to plant during the class.


Please be early, or at least on time in order to say hello and to chat for a minute.  We will start on time as there is a lot of good news to tell you in an hour.  You cannot purchase seeds, fertilizer, soil and such at this class, you  can purchase another time at the Test Garden. But bring your library card – it is a library and there are lots of books, tapes, etc., to take home.   This class fills up fast and we have only room for a limited number due to the size of the room.  

Years ago I published my Transplanting Schedule.  It is the window of opportunity I use to plant my garden so I can pick veggies  every day of the year.  It is in the back of my “Slam Dunk Easy Desert Gardening” book.  I don’t like to eat everything on the list, but I have grown them and know how they grow in this climate.

With this in mind, and knowing we all like something free once in a while, I will be doing a few seed starting classes that are free.  Usually this class has a fee because of materials but this is a free class and is packed with good info, no fluff, and will get you started on the right foot.  If not, I have a phone and you can call me.

Come to my FREE classes – Click this link for info.

Also in the class I will try and convince you to get off the internet and the blogs for gardening advice that doesn’t apply to Mojave desert gardeners.  Or from trying trendy things or tips that you picked up from the end of the grapevine.  You know what I mean, the “I heard that you can do . . .”  or, “I heard that this is . . .”  

Here is your chance to discover what you need to know to grow an abundance of veggies in your own desert yard.
Everything grows in Las Vegas –  I’ll show you.  It’s easy.

 Start Warm Season Seeds Valentine’s Day

Please don’t  forget to start a few veggie seeds weekly for your garden.   Remember that the Transplanting Guide in the back of my book is talking about when to transplant veggie plants outside and not starting the seeds; the seeds are started 6-8 weeks before transplanting and are started indoors and grown under grow lights.  You can do this.  Children do it, it’s not difficult.


Winter hours for The Sweet Tomato Test Garden –  Open daylight hours for visitors to the garden.  Please call first – sometimes I go shopping , love to shop.  Also, please visit the Downtown Summerlin Farmer’s Market.  I will have classes there from time to time.