30 Garden Tips for the Next 30 Days of Summer

06/19/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener These hot days of Summer, which officially starts 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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It’s Scientific: Gardening = Centenarians!

06/11/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Could nurturing a green thumb help you live to be 100? Certain parts of the world, defined as “blue zones”, are famous for their many centenarian citizens.  Although spread across the globe, these 100-year-olds…

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Easy to Care For Beautiful Yards

06/04/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The ​Lain casa ​​is a respite where friends and family feel safe and welcomed both inside and out. Landscape ideas have come from traveling abroad, visiting botanical gardens, and sharing ideas with other gardeners.…

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3 Tips For More Flowers In The Garden

04/11/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are lots of annuals grown for their foliage, like coleuses and caladiums, but blooming plants remain the most popular annuals. That’s because annual plants bloom repeatedly, giving undemanding joyous color throughout our warm…

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10 Garden Projects that Keep Kids Busy

04/01/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener With so many students home from school and families seeking interesting things to do that are healthy, safe, and educational, this column is dedicated to you. Our family’s fondest memories are of gardening, collecting…

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These Garden Tasks Need Completion NOW!

02/21/2020 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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Insider Tips to Mountain Gardening

02/06/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener High altitude gardening is different from gardening at lower elevations.  Combine our altitude with Arizona’s dry climate, bright air, and ever-present mountain winds, and you pretty much can forget what you learned from gardening…

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Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting

01/23/2020 Ken Davis

Preparing Garden Soils for Spring Planting 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 your garden’s production…

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6 Genius Uses for Eggshells in Your Garden

01/22/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Eggs are naturals for a gardener’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and the resultant empty eggshells are very good for the garden! Instead of throwing away all those shells, make good use of them as…

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2020 Gardener’s New Year Resolutions

12/27/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Garden Alert! Frozen soils can take a noticeable toll on the landscape. The heaving of the earth breaks tender new roots and causes the roots of some plants to come right up out of…

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