Flowers that Attract More Hummingbirds

06/01/2023 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I sat in our front courtyard, watching the antics of “our” hummingbirds. They were enjoying water from the fountains and sipping nectar from the 30+ pots of flowers. We enjoyed one unique,…

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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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Best Hummingbird Feeder Recipe

05/17/2021 Ken Davis

Safe, Natural, Organic Hummingbird Food from Home by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Hummingbirds like various flowers from the gardens, but the most attractive food is this basic hummingbird nectar recipe. The recipe approximates the natural sucrose content of top…

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Winter Landscapes that Attract More Birds

12/18/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Much of my garden is dedicated to attracting birds into our landscape. I firmly believe that a landscape cannot have enough birds . . . except ravens; my gardens can have too many ravens…

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Gardening Tips for Year’s End

11/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2019 gardening season. This is a time to relax, sip tea while warming our feet by the fire, and reflect on our…

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12 Birds You Want in Your Yard

09/15/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener While birders may be delighted to see any new birds in their yards, some birds are more welcome than others because of all the good they do. Whether you’re a homeowner, gardener, or farmer…

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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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What to Do If You Find an Injured Baby Bird

08/12/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Garden Centers attract a lot of birds and, believe me, we see a lot of them this time of year.  They don’t seem to mind all the human activity in our retail setting and…

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Creatures of the Night Alight on Watters Garden Center – August 12

08/03/2017 Ken Davis

Owls and bats rule the night skies of Arizona, and they’re great for the garden –and the environment! On August 12, the Arizona’s Raptor Experience descends once again on Watters Garden Center to showcase “The Benefits of Attracting Owls and…

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Viral Video – Baby Quail – Just Hatched

07/12/2017 Ken Davis

When Ken Lain took this video, he thought is was cute, but never expected it to go viral. Almost 10,000 views on our YouTube Channel and still attracting interest.

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