Do you know what this is?

08/31/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This guy (or gal, I didn’t ask) came to visit the Garden Center.  The first person to post a correct guess on our FaceBook page wins a gift certificate for a massage at Healing Gardens!

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How to Plant a tree shrub or vine

08/30/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This video demonstrates: Exact planting hole size, how to treat the roots, back fill, food and rooting stimulators and how to top dress a newly planted tree, shrub, or vine in 3-Easy steps!

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Shift from Summer Annuals to Fall Flowers

08/30/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Ornamental grasses, thyme lawns, and fall flowers all love a good monsoonal rain. Plus, anyone working a garden knows that a shovel goes through soaked ground like butter.  Well, maybe not quite like butter, but undoubtedly more easily than the…

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Rains Insure Success While Gardening on a Dime

08/23/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

‘Monsoon Madness’, ‘Fall Sale’, ‘Sizzling Summer’, ‘Fall Planting Event’, however the sales are billed, this is the time to watch local garden centers for end-of-season bargains. These sales are necessary to clear out the passing season’s plants to make room…

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Photo Contest Results

08/21/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Congratulations to the winners are our photo contest! #1 Mighty Wisteria ~ Jane H Backyard Color ~ Jess B Mini Vineyard ~ Jag F Pugtunias ~ Cindy M Garden Oasis ~ Jo A And our other submissions, included: Moth on…

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Six Keys to Hassle-Free Landscapes

08/16/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could enjoy an attractive, colorful garden without spending all your free time working in it?  Well, it can be done. All it takes is some knowledge about the right plants with the right mountain…

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Preserve Summer Herbs for Winter Cooking

08/09/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This week’s photo shows a sphinx moth enjoying the nectar of a Miss Huff lantana. Sphinxes are beautiful as adults, but as youngsters (in their worm stage) they devastate any and all tomato and pepper plants. During its caterpillar stage…

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Plant Tip – Tiger Eye Sumac

08/04/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second Plant Tip of the day on the Tiger Eye Sumac: You can use this fern-like, palm-like plant as a water accent. And, it is also absolutely animal proof!

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Plant Tip – Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine

08/03/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on the Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine: Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine – Bright orange to red flowers adorn this fast growing mountain vine

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Plant Tip – Brakelight Yucca

08/02/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on Brakelight Yucca: A compact new color selection of Hesperaloe parviflora! The vibrant, brake-light red color is wonderful contrast to the standard form which tends to be more pink or salmon in color.…

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