Best Vegetables that Sow Themselves

04/05/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Easiest to Grow self-sowing vegetable plantsSelf-sower Vegetables for early spring gardens Succession bed When adding and “turning in” some Barnyard Manure, the ideal soil amendments, and plant nutrients for the perfect garden soil, have…

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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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Growing Beautiful Snapdragons

03/07/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Bright snapdragon blossoms bloom profusely throughout cool weather with intensely saturated colors more vivid than mountain wildflowers. Snapdragon’s botanical name, Antirrhinum, means “like a snout” and refers to the seed pod’s resemblance to a…

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Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

01/09/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Once you’ve tried digging the first planting hole in a mountain garden you learn that our native soils are HARD ! !  Skimp on spring soil preparation to “soften” the ground and a mountain…

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Using Coffee Grounds as Garden Fertilizer

01/09/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you make a daily pot of coffee, you have a fabulous source of the organic matter right at your fingertips. Coffee grounds can make your garden happier in several ways, and not just…

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9 Critical Tasks in the October Garden

09/25/2018 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 of them by the end of October. Today’s…

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Ultimate Guide for Mulches

09/08/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and…

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Are Your Trees Healthy or Dying??

07/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain Gardener You’ve done your homework by assessing your yard and using appropriate information to choose just the right trees for your landscape. You’ve had Watters Garden Center plant them in the proper way, and have…

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People-pleasing flowers ~ unappetizing to animals

06/02/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Not all baby bunnies are cute, especially when they eat a new Euonymous to the ground, or wipe out those pretty pansies and tulips! Jackrabbits are born with a full coat of hair and…

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