Top 6 Perennial Herbs for Arizona Gardens

06/08/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many herbs are perennial, meaning they can be planted once and left to grow for many years. Perennial herbs are essential to garden designs because they remain healthy and attractive through all growing seasons. …

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Mediterranean Flowers that Thrive Locally

04/12/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona have so many sunny days with moderate temperatures that people rarely need to wear more than light jackets.  Mild winters and dry hot summers, both with low humidity and irregular…

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Grow Vegetables Indoors

02/28/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Winter weather doesn’t prevent us from gardening, especially when it comes to starting vegetables indoors. Seedlings often are started indoors, moved outside under cover, then planted in garden beds when weather permits.   But, how…

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Top 7 Herbs to Dry in October

10/05/2018 Ken Davis

Watters just received fresh herbs for Autumn planting.  Many herbs are best used when freshly picked, others taste better after they’re dried.   With so many herbs to choose from for our gardens, I’ve listed the seven herbs easiest to dry.…

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5 Best Perennial Herbs for Local Garden

08/04/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many herbs can be planted once and left to grow for years. Perennial herbs take some of the heavy lifting out of garden design by coming back year after year, and they are always…

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10 Ways to Use Rosemary from the Home Garden

07/28/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener   Rosemary is a hardy mountain evergreen shrub that’s easy to grow out of doors and even easier to use indoors.  Prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves, rosemary also has a…

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Beloved Basil – the Most Popular Herb in the Garden

04/09/2018 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

There’s a reason basil is so popular . . . it’s delicious! There are many known species of basil, but Ocimum basilicum, also known as Sweet Basil or Genovese Basil, is the most commonly grown. Basils are enjoyed for their rich,…

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The Difference Between Frost and Freeze Warnings

03/31/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Spring is here and the planting season is in full gear but there still is a chance of frost.  Already customers have been to the garden center begging for tomato plants, the ultimate temperate,…

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Preserving Herbs the Safe & Easy Way

11/03/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If you have herbs in your garden, you know that many are peaking.  Although I’ve been harvesting like mad, quantities are exceeding consumption at the Lain casa, so it’s time to start preserving the…

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Herbs: Plant to Plate

07/28/2017 Ken Davis

Gardeners love to grow fresh herbs, but do we know how to use them in our food? On August 5, Watters Garden Center is proud to feature local business owner and Culinary Specialist Debbie Maranville as the guest instructor in…

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