A Gardener’s Resolution for 2011

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Happy New Year, everyone! Like most small business owners in a soft economy, I sent the old year out with a robust kick in the pants and am actively preparing for a better 2011. Already the new spring look is…

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“Houseplanted” Home May be Healthier

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Beginning this week the city of Prescott will pick up our used cut Christmas trees. I will be setting our tree by the curb on Monday so it can be chipped and recycled as top dressing in this spring’s landscapes.…

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Starting Gardens from Seed

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

After the past couple of weeks’ extremely cold weather, I am ready to start my garden planning sessions. My anticipation really is fired up since the 2011 organic seeds arrived at the garden center this week. I know I’m not…

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It’s January, So Let’s Start Pruning

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

I could have used one of my pruning photos, but isn’t my new Scottie puppy cute? She is so cute and she knows it. This is Bailey’s first winter and she is at that stage where every day is an…

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Unleash your Wild-flower

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

One of the New Year resolutions Lisa and I made for 2011 is to walk together more often. Besides keeping us in shape, trudging up and down Prescott’s hills keeps my back more comfortable, which should make spring gardening chores…

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Garden Tips for the Newcomer

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Most of us have gardened in places where the soil is rich, its pH perfectly balanced, and the climate is blessed with consistent rainfall, gentle sun, and plant coddling humidity. Mountain soil and climate present the opposite of such ideal…

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Early Spring Gardening Makes for “Feel Good” Projects

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The definition of a bare root plant is one that has been grown in a field then lifted from that field with no dirt left clinging to its roots. It is shipped to market in that condition, hence the name…

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5 Easy Steps to Roses

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This week brought a winter storm that surprised most of us. We had 7” of snow at our house that quickly melted off the drive the following day; it’s the kind of snow I like. The stuff that sticks around…

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9 Easy Steps Towards Spring

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Before I get into gardening I have to tell you that Yavapai Regional Medical Center is awesome! Lisa and I had to spend most of Wednesday at the hospital fixing her broken arm. (If you recall, I mentioned that she…

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Exceptional Gardens Leave Gardeners Giddy

11/23/2012 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

The landscape is exploding in celebration of the season. Lilac buds are plumped to bursting while forsythias and everything else at the garden center are in full bloom. What I enjoy most about spring is that I can dress up…

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