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Interrupt Winter! Court the Romance of Spring!

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener             We don’t know about you, but we’re more than a little ready to put this winter behind us and get outside to our garden! About this time of year, there’s a romance that comes over us when plants are budding up and leafing out.  (You in colder zones, … Continue reading

Best Persimmon Trees for Mountain Landscapes

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Persimmons are divided into two groups: astringent, or sour fruit until they ripe, and non-astringent fruit which is far sweeter. Plant persimmons in a sunny location.  They will tolerate some shade, but for nice fruit formation, they prefer at least six hours of sun each day while fruit is forming. The tree itself is … Continue reading

15 Vegetables Best Started from Seed

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Because our springtime mountain soil can be so cold, there can be delays to our spring planting dates.  Many plants are best started by planting baby plants directly into your garden soil.  This especially is true for large fruits like beefsteak tomatoes, large pumpkins, and watermelons. But not all vegetables are as temperamental and … Continue reading

Square Foot Gardening Made Easy

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener We’ve covered how to build raised with Stone Walls,  also creating the best-raised beds, sizes, and soils.   Once your beds are built, you can plant however, you’d like. You can go upward with a potato tower, plant in rows, or go with more intensive garden methods. Here we share a technique with raised beds … Continue reading

Growing Tomato Plants from Seed

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I long have had garden success by putting started tomato plants in my garden rather than sowing seed directly into the soil.  This technic also guarantees I’ll be picking fresh juicy vegetables 2-6 weeks earlier than my gardening friend who chooses to start tomato seeds outside. So why start tomato plants from seed? Since … Continue reading

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