March Gardening Tasks Need Completion NOW!

03/29/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener Spring weather signals the start of specific gardening tasks that are essential to maintaining a vital, healthy garden. I’m a list type of gardener, and the following is my springtime procedural list in order…

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Irritating Insects and Fungus Among Us

03/07/2019 Ken Davis

Your garden is about to be under attack! Spring is just around the corner, bringing some very unwanted pests to our home landscapes. This class focuses on two major enemies to our plants: insects and fungus. Learn how to identify…

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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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Great Ladybug Release and Arbor Day Celebrations

03/23/2018 Ken Davis

The week between Earth Day and Arbor Day is something special.  April is the peak planting season for local gardens.  Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Watters Garden Center will host it’s annual ‘Great Ladybug Release @ 2 pm and repeats…

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Insect Control – Bacillus thuringiensis

02/16/2018 Ken Davis

Lora Goulding, Master Gardener Bacillus thuringiensis is a naturally occurring soil bacterium disease that is fatal to the larva stage of certain insects. It occurs naturally in the gut of caterpillars of various types of moths and butterflies, as well…

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

03/25/2017 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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The Great Ladybug Release at Watters Garden Center

03/23/2017 Ken Davis

Thousands of delicate, voracious hunters will be unleashed on unsuspecting pests at Watters Garden Center April 7, 8, and 9 at 2pm. Ladybugs are the most natural way to control aphids, scales, mealy bugs, white flies and mites NATURALLY! No…

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Companion Planting – Pairing Plants to Control Insects, both Good and Bad

03/08/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I have some deeply sorrowful news that has shaken a family to its core. A great man has fallen.  He was a man of God, a dad, the best grandfather you could want for…

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10 Flowers that Insects Hate!

11/07/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mountain monsoon season is the start of perennial blooms in the high country.  Not only do most perennial flowers take off with new buds and blooms, but they are magnets to unrelenting voracious insects.…

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Every Gardener’s Biggest Nemesis is Also the Smallest

12/18/2015 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This week I was checking out the first of the seed catalogs on my iPad, dreaming of next spring.  We gardeners have our core ‘Go-To’ plants we always grow:  A favorite pepper that grills…

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