Helping Bees Find Our Gardens

07/31/2015 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Bees are essential pollinators, pollinating about a third of our nation’s crops. We would have far fewer food options without these little workhorses, but bees are in trouble and local gardeners can help them.…

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Watters Garden Center Makes Recycling Flower Pots Easier

07/23/2015 Ken Davis

Prescott’s Largest Garden Center Moves to Recycled Color-packs Watters Garden Centers has made the switch to color-packs made from 100% recycled beverage bottles in all packs sold through their retail nursery. This “bottle pack” is the first to include a…

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Knowing When Fruit is Ready to Harvest

07/23/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Most tree fruits release a sweet scent into the air when their fruits are ready to taste, but it’s very hard to gauge the exact moment of peak ripeness. Times will vary year by…

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Mushrooms – Friends or Foes to Lawn and Garden?

07/16/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mushrooms growing in the lawn, on mulch, or in the garden may make you wonder if something is wrong. Often our first instinct is to get rid of ‘shrooms, but mushrooms growing in your…

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Plant Magnets for Calling All Butterflies!

07/09/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I believe that butterflies, some of the most beautiful, magnificent, and interesting creatures in any garden, are God’s gift to gardeners. Fortunately, butterfly numbers are increasing in our landscapes. The reason so many butterflies…

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Never Make these Big 8 Mistakes in the Garden!

07/02/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This week’s column may be a bit hurtful to some, but your neighbors have been begging me to write this one.   You’ve seen them…you may even have one, but any of these lawn ornaments…

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