Fall is the Feeding Season

09/24/2011 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This week’s ‘Plant of the Week’ is the Lace Leaf Sumac, a fast-growing shrub that really delivers a gorgeous touch of autumnal color. Its branches resemble deer antlers covered with leaves that are just starting to show their intense shades…

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Fall’s Rainy Day Feeding Time

09/17/2011 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This cooler weather ushers in one of my favorite gardening seasons. Mums abound in almost every shape, size, and color, I’ve planted the first of the winter-blooming pansies, and the kids and I picked the first pumpkins from our garden.…

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10 Tips for Newcomers

09/10/2011 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Gardeners new to this area might put this week’s gardening class on their calendars. The topic is: ‘Gardening for Newcomers’; it’s the most popular of all our Saturday classes. Of course, detailed specifics are presented and discussed, but here are…

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Aspen & That Perfect Lawn

09/03/2011 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

H-O-T is the only way to describe the west walls of our homes during the afternoon hours in Arizona’s mountains. That baking sun can roast western exposure plants in and the A/C bills can skyrocket. This was the situation at…

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