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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Fruit Trees – Health & Harvest

03/14/2019 Ken Davis

Fruit trees not only beautify our landscapes, but they also give us actual food to eat! Links to Additional Information Fruit Tree Calendar Apple Pollinator Chart Apricot Pollinator Chart Cherries Pollinator Chart Nectarines Pollinator Chart  Peaches Pollinator Chart Pears Pollinator…

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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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6 Gardening Tips for Year’s End

12/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2018 gardening season. This is the time when gardeners like to relax, sip some tea while warming our feet by the fire,…

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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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