Essential October Steps to a Healthy Garden

09/29/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This week’s photo is for the outdoorsmen who read this column. Imagine eight men on a houseboat last week, 75 miles up Lake Powell fishing the San Juan arm of the lake, and you’ll have the setting for our experience.…

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Get the Most Out of Autumn Colors

09/22/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Our days really feel just like autumn should. Cool nights, bright days, and moist soils are the highlights of every gardener’s end of summer. Now through the end of October is the ideal planting season. If ‘struggle’ is descriptive of…

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Create a High Hedge

09/15/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Fall is definitely in the air. Rains with cooler nights have produced the ideal crop of Autumn Joy Sedum. This knee-high plant is simply the perfect perennial. Rich rosy-pink flowers that adorn sturdy succulent stems age to copper red providing…

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Garden Grass Delight

09/08/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

We can expect afternoon rains and increased humidity through October, giving us about two full months before the first hard freeze. We have plenty of growing season left so let me share a simple way to maximize plant growth and…

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Shift Summer Plants to Fall

09/01/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

It is cool enough now that our gardens should shift from summer flowering plants that bloom only until Halloween to the fall varieties that will continue their bloom well past Thanksgiving. Fortunately, the first of the fall flowers were harvested…

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