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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10 Ways to Use Rosemary from the Garden

06/30/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Rosemary is a hardy mountain evergreen shrub that’s easy to grow outside and even easier to use inside.  Prized in the culinary world for its flavorful leaves Rosemary also has a fragrance and early…

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5 Herbs You’ll Only Plant Once

05/31/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener With May our local peak planting month, right after Mother’s Day the garden center fills to capacity with plants, long-time local favorites, and many 2017 introductions.  Organic herbs overflow the nursery as vegetable gardens…

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10 Great DIY Mint Tea Blends Recipes

05/03/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Arizona’s famous for our outdoor lifestyle and the season has just begun.  This may surprise you, but we are also famous for the ease of which we have grown our own herbs, right outside,…

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