4 Keys to Designing and Building Raised Garden Beds

01/29/2015 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

A raised bed is a bottomless frame set into a shallow trench. The sides can be made of almost any durable building material: rock, brick, concrete, and interlocking blocks. Retired watering troughs or claw foot bathtubs are the easiest raised…

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Exceptional Garden Soils mean Exceptional Crops this Spring

01/22/2015 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

January has been so nice that gardens are starting to show color. Some forsythia a winter blooming jasmine are showing their yellow flowers, lilac buds are huge, and fruit trees are starting to show the ‘popcorn’ stage in their bud…

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New Year Returns and Partners with Pruning

01/15/2015 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

As usual, as we welcome in another new year we kick off another pruning season. Properly pruned trees and shrubs are critically important to the good health of any landscape. Now’s the time to prune back summer blooming shrubs like…

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Green Air Plants ~ Unique and VERY Low Maintenance

01/08/2015 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Air plants don’t require soil, need only moderate light, and a good soak every once in a while. Beautiful as modern home décor, in terrariums, or as a very affordable gift for any occasion, these little guys have so much…

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