Why January is the Best Month to Plant Wildflowers

01/26/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Wildflowers are best planted in winter Most flowers prefer at least 6 six hours of sun per day Hydromulch – blend wildflower…

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Does Talking to Houseplants Help?

01/20/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Research shows plants have a definite calming effect on their gardener. Plants are so understanding. They refrain from arguing, asking difficult questions, or interrupting when speaking. It’s no wonder, so many gardeners talk to…

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Causes for Yellow Leaves on Houseplants

01/12/2023 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A thought as we charge through the New Year. Gardening helps us reconnect with the earth and ourselves. Personal growth is easier if we grow plants. We accomplish new growth when blessed with health,…

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Top 10 Houseplants for a Healthier New Year

01/03/2023 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Today’s ultra-efficient homes seal outside air from penetrating their interiors, thus recirculating inside air without added freshness. A three-month-old air filter cleans only so many particles before choking on its own dust. We won’t…

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How to Grow Better African Violets

12/28/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Currently, there are 3200 species of African Violets. The very first violet was discovered in 1892 by Baron Walter von Saint Paul-Illaire, a German colonial official in Tanzania, thus the botanical name Saintpaulia ionantha.…

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How to Prune Lilacs

12/21/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Young, immature plants rarely need pruning except to deadhead faded flowers or remove dead and broken branches. Once a lilac reaches a mature height, it appreciates rejuvenation pruning. Young bushes with branched under three…

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Lilac Jelly Recipe

12/19/2022 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s Garden Gal Lilacs have such a profusion of blooms in spring they are one of the easiest flowers to make jelly. The heady aroma fills a jelly jar like it does the landscape. Ensure your lilacs…

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5 Amazing Privacy & Seclusion Trees that Screen

12/14/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Now is the time to plant privacy screens for maximum growth and seclusion in spring. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel as if prying eyes are looking right into your…

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Christmas Stories Behind Holiday Plants

12/09/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardeners take a special interest in the holidays and the plants that mark the season. Pumpkins and spice start out the holiday decorating, which climaxes with Christmas and New Year plants. There is a…

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Holiday Evergreens That Hide the Neighbors

12/01/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Now is the time to plant privacy screens for maximum growth and seclusion in spring. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel as if prying eyes are looking right into your…

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