Did you ever see The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance? Remember the line? "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." Nevada has many legends. One of them began seventy-five years ago this November, and it seems like a good time to remind you that it's just that: a legend.
If you go out to Lake Mead and see that ring visible around it, you might get a little nervous. The water level is low.Half a century ago, Las Vegas also had a water problem. The underground supply was down, and the city was growing rapidly. Regional leaders had begun discussing pumping water from Lake Mead into Las Vegas. And in 1965, Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation creating the Southern Nevada Water Project, making subsequent growth possible. But it wasn't easy.
Not too long ago, I was talking with a friend about life in the Mojave Desert. When I mentioned that I was starting to prepare my autumn garden, she told me that she'd never had a garden during the cool season. That really surprised me, since she's been living here longer than I have. Gardening for food in the fall is one of the easiest activities we can do, especially when we don't need to worry about being sautéed in the summer sun. Even in the winter, it's possible to get a whole range of tasty vegetables. Think of great, fresh, green salads in December!
Last time, we were talking about Kirk Kerkorian. He had built and sold the International and the first MGM Grand. He also bought the Desert Inn and Sands from the heirs of Howard Hughes, and that was ironic. Hughes became the symbol of the corporate Las Vegas during his buying spree. But Kerkorian actually owned the kinds of corporations that Nevada leaders expected to move into the state. And Hughes felt competitive with him, even finishing construction of the Landmark to try to take on the International. Kerkorian ended up selling the Desert Inn to ITT-Sheraton.
Planting season is nearly here and Norm Schilling has plans and ideas to share.Plants mentioned include:Zephyranthes "Rain Lilly"Juniperus Procumbens "Nana" - Japanese Garden JuniperHelichtotrychon and / or Elymus "Blue Oat Grass" not picturedRuella Blanca / Ruella Katrie Dwarf/Mexican RuellaPenstamon bacchurifolius "Diablo" - not picturedDwarf PeachLamium - not pictured
Since we have four or five growing seasons here in the great American Southwest, we're able to ask the question that gardeners in many other regions only wish they could, what do you want for your fresh fall/winter salads?The time for growing fruiting vegetables will soon be over. Say farewell to peppers and eggplants until next year. Now we're heading into the season for edible leaves and roots.