The Secret Garden: Living Christmas Trees Planted as a Natural Screen

11/25/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves the gardens can feel naked.  Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it easily feels like prying eyes look right through your home.  Not…

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Vinegar to Kill Weeds Naturally

11/18/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Household vinegar can function as a natural weed killer. The acetic acid in vinegar gives it the power to burn weeds back to the ground; the higher the percentage of acid in the vinegar,…

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Air Plants are Green, Unique, & LOW Maintenance

11/14/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Air plants, also called tillandsias, are surprisingly easy to grow. They don’t require soil, need only moderate light, and a good soak every once-in-a-while.  The numerous varieties are beautiful with modern home décor, in…

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Fertilizer Lessons to Choose the Right Plant Food

11/04/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help noticing the array of formulations. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules, sprays and concentrates.…

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Preserving Herbs the Safe & Easy Way

11/03/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you have herbs in your garden, you know that many are peaking.  Although I’ve been harvesting like mad, quantities are exceeding consumption at the Lain casa, so it’s time to start preserving the…

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