200+ Business Leaders gather @ Watters Garden Center

04/30/2018 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This years chamber of commerce gathering featured over 200 business leaders, the mayor of Prescott Valley, city council members, Yavapai County Supervisors, even the Justice of the Peace was in attendance. “Some call it the Good Ol’ Boys, the insiders…

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15 Flowers that Rebuff Hummingbirds

04/28/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Every hummingbird book, article, and expert recommends planting flowers to attract hummingbirds.  But it takes more than just beautiful blooms to entice these birds. Many of the most common, widespread backyard flowers are actually…

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Sow & Grow Peppers Like a Pro

04/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I’m a salsa gardener, and proud of it! The bulk of my gardens are dedicated to tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions, chives, and peppers. The most exciting, tastiest, most versatile of new plants for a…

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

04/14/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden The aphids are thick in the garden.  Lisa and I were enjoying a sunset this week and the winged adults were so thick they were drawn to the flames of the firepit and polluted…

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Flower Power “It’s like a Snickers Bar for Your Plants”

04/13/2018 Ken Davis

                                                                  Good for           …

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Beloved Basil – the Most Popular Herb in the Garden

04/09/2018 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

There’s a reason basil is so popular . . . it’s delicious! There are many known species of basil, but Ocimum basilicum, also known as Sweet Basil or Genovese Basil, is the most commonly grown. Basils are enjoyed for their rich,…

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Growing Better Peony Plants

04/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Peony plants are found growing naturally in the gardens of Europe, China, and the Western U.S. From one corner of the globe to another, peony plants long have been transplanted and admired. In China,…

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