Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/01/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener                           Mildew on Plant Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and easily recognized plant diseases of…

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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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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and recognized plant diseases of our rainy season, July to the end of October. Virtually no plant is immune, but some are more susceptible than others. …

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30 Garden Tips for the Next 30 Summer Days

07/01/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener These hot days of Summer, which officially started this week, may be tempting us to sit back and simply enjoy what we planted in spring.  But this is the time when we must turn…

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Insects and Diseases Common to Local Gardens

04/21/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Although gardening has so many upsides, it does have one really irritating double-barreled downside: pests and diseases that attack our beautiful plants and delicious homegrown vegetables.  These attacks rarely are fatal, but monitoring a…

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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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9 Essential Gardening Tasks for March

03/02/2016 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener There are a couple of benefits to planting larger-growing conifers before April.  The first is that, knowing garden centers stock up early for the spring planting season, informed gardeners buy early.  This guarantees cream-of-the-crop…

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10 Easy Steps to Healthy Fall Gardens

10/09/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It’s time to start checking off items from that fall gardening to-do list. These are things I do every fall; my aim is to complete all ten things by the end of October. Today’s…

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Sick Garden? Plant Nutrients Are The Cure

09/25/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The advice that follows is good for houseplants as well as outdoor container and landscape plants. It is an outline of the most common local plant problems. Many plant problems have similar symptoms and…

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Nursery Sale Marks Seasonal Garden Changes

08/20/2015 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I travel to Portland, Oregon this week for the largest nursery tradeshow in the country.  We spend a week logging hundreds of miles and touring thousands of acres of plants in search…

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