15 Outdoor Plants You Can’t Kill

04/19/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The best outdoor potted plants.  Flowers that are hard to kill. What are the best low maintenance plants? Plants that survive winter. What plants are easy to grow outside? Plants for people with black…

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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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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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Peonies Your Grandmother Would Covet

03/22/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Few perennial flowers compare to the bloom and fragrance of peonies in the spring garden.  Many new varieties arrived this week at the garden center; so exciting that they inspired this week’s column.  Peonies…

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Best Fragrant Shrubs for Mountain Gardens

03/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardenerShrubs have many uses in a landscape, but gardeners who especially appreciate sweet-smelling plants are drawn to the most fragrant shrubs. Whether cold-hardy or tropical, bushes in this group are valued for scenting the air…

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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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Mulch, Landscape Fabrics, and Stones to Prevents Weeds

02/20/2019 Ken Davis

Condensed Version of this Article Prevent weeds with organic mulch, crushed stone, black plastic, or landscape fabric A 2-3” inch layer of mulch or stone is effective against weeds Kill existing weeds with organic ‘Burnout’ Rake off roots, twigs, and…

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Purses and Totes Turned Planters

02/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s Garden Gal Unusual containers are gardening fun.  Heading to a thrift store to hunt down the perfect planters on the cheap and then figuring out how to use them is a fun way to spend an…

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