Grow Vegetables Indoors

02/28/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Winter weather doesn’t prevent us from gardening, especially when it comes to starting vegetables indoors. Seedlings often are started indoors, moved outside under cover, then planted in garden beds when weather permits.   But, how…

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Grow Happy Healthy Succulents

02/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Succulents are popular for two simple reasons: they are beautiful and nearly indestructible. They have shallow roots that form a dense mat just under the soil surface. With thick, fleshy, water-storing A fascinating variety…

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Mulch, Landscape Fabrics, and Stones to Prevents Weeds

02/20/2019 Ken Davis

Condensed Version of this Article Prevent weeds with organic mulch, crushed stone, black plastic, or landscape fabric A 2-3” inch layer of mulch or stone is effective against weeds Kill existing weeds with organic ‘Burnout’ Rake off roots, twigs, and…

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Purses and Totes Turned Planters

02/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s Garden Gal Unusual containers are gardening fun.  Heading to a thrift store to hunt down the perfect planters on the cheap and then figuring out how to use them is a fun way to spend an…

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Best Evergreen Shrubs for Small Gardens

02/08/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the  mountain gardener When you think of small evergreen shrubs, do you have an image in your mind of small, rather uninteresting lumps of green dotting a landscape? Well, you shouldn’t. There are plenty of lush bushes…

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Blackberry Black Satin

02/06/2019 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

This thornless, heat tolerant blackberry is a prolific producer of deliciously sweet and juicy, deep blue-black berries – that can be harvested without getting pricked by thorns! Small, soft pink flowers appear on second year wood, the semi-erect canes yielding…

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Houseplants with the Most Fragrance

02/01/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Wet dog, funky socks, musty books, and the ever-present smell of teenage boys is more than any home needs.  Houseplants get a lot of lip service for their air-cleaning properties, but let’s face it,…

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