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Here we are in the middle of the Nevada Desert. Not the kind of place you think of when you want to go fruit trees. Wait until you see what Bob Morris of the University of Nevada have done out here. Good morning, I’m Tom Spellman with Dave Wilson Nursery. We’re out here at the University of Nevada, Southern Nevada Test Project. This is my friend, Bob Morris, Bob is a horticultural specialist with the University of Nevada, Reno and he manages this project out here. I like to call Bob the King of the Desert. We began this project in 1996 and started planting the first fruit trees from Dave Wilson Nursery in 1997. And with that shipment, we were occupying at that, about a half an acre. Now we’re occupying about an acre and a half of fruit trees of vines and an assortment of other things as well. How’s this for soil? This is what you get out here in the Nevada Desert; this is a “Kalichi” type soil. It has a limestone in it. It has a lot of rock sail type material in it. This is it man, this is what they’re growing in out here. We’ve done such a tremendous job with the average conditions they have to work with. Our initial problem in dealing with the soils and the climate here was primarily to do with soil improvement. So we brought in tons and tons of compost at planting time. It goes contrary to a little bit of some of the research but we used about fifty percent of a very high grade compost at planting time, which improved a lot. In the visits with Dave Wilson Nursery, Tom Spellman and Ed came out to look at the, at the setting here and one of the first things they said, although we were using a small amount of mulch in the orchard, about two inches I’d say, just a surface covering, they just you know, pile the mulch in. So when we looked at the place of what that would cost us here in the desert, it was, it was formidable. So we formed an alliance, with the local arborists in town and their green waste because their green waste from the tree is primarily, is going to landfills but we made arrangements with the local arborists here. One of the largest in Las Vegas, to give us a load and we went through and started putting it in and immediately. One season saw tremendous changes in the fruit trees and really have to give Tom and Ed a lot of credit for pushing us in that direction and now we have a working relationship out in front the orchard. We have what we call a Community Mulch Pile. You can come out here anytime for the program and you can bring your truck, bring your trailer, or bring your fifteen-gallon buckets and you could load up all the mulch you want. It’s great stuff that’s a bio diverse wood product. It’s got a lot of pine, it’s got some Eucalyptus, it’s got some Oak, it’s got al the local tree trimmings in it and it’s all free. So that was probably one of our key success stories that soil improvement, number one. High grade compost using a lot of it in these desert soils and then secondly is getting probably close to four to six inches and again it’s contrary to some of the things that are set out there but four to six inches of course, and I’ve had to emphasize very course wood mulch. I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of a proper mulching program. They have mulched, and mulched and mulched, they bring it in by the truckloads, they split it out nice and thick over the whole orchard, they replenish their layer every year and this is one of the main reasons for their success.