Time for Evergreen-Style Containers

10/18/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I have been dressing up our tired, overgrown outdoor pots.  Their plants had stopped blooming weeks ago, were badly overgrown and in need of haircuts.  In just a half day of gardening…

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Plants that Screen for Privacy and Sense of Seclusion

10/12/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener October is the time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary for seclusion next year.  As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves our gardens can feel naked, but non-deciduous…

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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Holiday Greenery Fresh from Your Yard

12/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Winter is the season to bring fresh evergreens inside for remembrances of growing seasons past and fragrance that can only come fresh from the forest.  Cut sprigs can be carried inside anytime in winter,…

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How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/13/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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The Secret Garden: Living Christmas Trees Planted as a Natural Screen

11/25/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves the gardens can feel naked.  Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it easily feels like prying eyes look right through your home.  Not…

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Living Screens – Privacy that Block Prying Eyes and Wind

03/06/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

We’ve curated a local plant selection that is sure to block out even the noisiest neighbor. We share the easiest to grow living walls and plant combinations that block while showing off all four seasons.  Create that secret garden and…

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Evergreen Privacy After the Leaves Fall

11/04/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener As trees drop the last of their colorful leaves our gardens tend to feel naked. It even seems like prying eyes can look right into your home!  Not only does your privacy seemingly disappear,…

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Recipes for preparing Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

05/03/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Prickly Pear Creole 2 cups of diced cactus – remove spine with a knife first 1 pound of hamburger (cooked and drained) 6 ounces of tomato paste 1 cup of water 2 diced Jalapeño pepper
s 6 1/2 ounces of canned shrimp…

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It’s Time to Fertilize

03/25/2016 Ken Davis

To Assure the Greatest Success with Your Plants, Shrubs, Trees & Lawns it is Recommended that they be Fertilized 3 Times a Year with Our Watters All Purpose Plant Food 7-4-4. The Easiest way to remember is the holidays that fall…

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