11 Summer Flowers that Outpace the Rest

08/27/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Echinacea The brightest flowers of the summer planting season wait until temperatures rise above 90 degrees to do “their thing.” Like sunbathers on a golden Lake Powell beach, summer-blooming varieties are planted when the…

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Fun Plants to Grow with Kids

08/20/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It’s my grandmother’s fault! Tomatoes warmed by the afternoon sun eaten ripe with saltshaker in hand, is how my grandmother enticed me into her gardens. Honestly, she often scolded me for leaving the kitchen…

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Plants with Really Big Blooms in August

08/14/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener How big can a single flower blossom be? The rare corpse flower of Indonesia can be up to three feet across!  There are far more fragrant and more readily available giant flowers we can…

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When is Fruit Ready to Pick?

08/07/2020 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 even so, it’s tough to gauge the exact moment of peak ripeness. Times will vary year…

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