8 Chocolate-Scented Delights: Indulge Your Senses in the Garden

05/24/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Imagine a garden that not only delights your eyes with vibrant colors and lush textures but also tantalizes your nose with the irresistible aroma of chocolate. While the idea might sound like a Willy…

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Five Fabulous Ways to Design with Roses

05/17/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article #1 Tall Roses and Climbers inject vibrant color into evergreen foundation plantings. #2 Roses grow well in large containers for years of fragrant enjoyment on patios, decks,…

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9 Tiny Flowers that Beautify Your Garden

05/09/2024 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener Few can resist the impressive sight of a giant sunflower or a stand of stately delphiniums in the landscape. If you’ve overlooked the appeal of tiny flowers, you’re missing out on a world of…

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Blooming Beauties Early Flowers for the Garden

03/08/2024 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The crispness of early spring and autumn holds a unique charm for gardeners. While many focus on perennials, cool-season annuals offer a stunning display, filling empty winter containers and adding vibrant color to the…

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Make Sense of Autumn Fall Fertilizer Labels

10/04/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store, you can’t help but notice the dizzying array of plant foods: bags, bottles, powders, granules, sprays, and concentrates. You…

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Top 10 Fall Flowers to Plant for a Gorgeous Fall Garden

09/27/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Fall trees and shrubs with colorful fall foliage are a prized part of the autumn scene. Perennial and annual flowers are frosting of color at the same time. Fall flowers come in various colors,…

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Your End-of-Summer Garden To-Do List

09/13/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardening is a year-round hobby, each month providing a new opportunity to cultivate your land and forest success. Gardeners are at the harvest season’s peak and relish in the bounty of their vegetable and…

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7 Pests That Destroy Flower & Vegetable Gardens

07/05/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Bugs like gardens even more than you do. If left unchecked hungry insects destroy your prized vegetables and specimen flowers. Some insects do more than just snack on plants; they spread disease that is…

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Top 10 Things Smart Gardeners Do in June

06/07/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener June is considered perennial month in the mountains of Arizona. This is the top time to find big, bold perennials at the garden center. These are the flowers that come back bigger and better…

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Everything the May Gardens Need Now

05/03/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mother’s Day is the historic last chance of frost, and summer plants can go in the gardens safely. It’s time to plant your garden tomatoes, pepper, squash, and herbs without risk. You wlll also…

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