How to Plant a Living Christmas Tree

12/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An evergreen that has had a starring role in the mountains of Arizona is gaining nationwide popularity. The ‘Single Blue Pinyon Pine’ is a local variety that gives a bold appearance to a rustic…

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What is “Dormancy”? What happens when plants go “Dormant”?

11/23/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener To those of you new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona:  Autumn is a time of intense transition in yards and landscapes.  Leaves fall off of leafy trees, and flowering perennials bloom one…

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Homegrown Garden Hacks for Local Gardeners

11/01/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Seasoned gardeners seem to have their favorite super-secret homemade garden gadget or brew that “can’t be topped” for controlling pests, fertilizing flowers, or extracting maximum value from their landscapes. However, as these tricks-of-the-trade get…

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The Rarely-Tended Flower Garden

10/25/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, there are probably some dried up annuals and disease-ridden roses along the way. No one invests time and money in a flower garden with…

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Giant Pumpkin Harvest – November 3rd 11:00 AM

10/25/2018 Ken Davis

Who Will be the Winner? Ken or the Pumpkin? Ever wonder what’s inside a GIANT pumpkin?  There are rumors of super slim, double thick walls and thousands upon thousands of seeds inside.  The second largest pumpkin in the state of…

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Time for Evergreen-Style Containers

10/18/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I have been dressing up our tired, overgrown outdoor pots.  Their plants had stopped blooming weeks ago, were badly overgrown and in need of haircuts.  In just a half day of gardening…

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Plants that Screen for Privacy and Sense of Seclusion

10/12/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener October is the time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary for seclusion next year.  As the autumn colors drop the last of their leaves our gardens can feel naked, but non-deciduous…

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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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9 Critical Tasks in the October Garden

09/25/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener It’s time to start checking off items from that fall gardening to-do list. These are things I do every fall; my aim is to complete all of them by the end of October. Today’s…

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Bee Stings + Pain Free Remedies

09/21/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Because we’re gardeners and work around many flowers it’s bound to happen: a bee stings us.  Coincidentally, although it had been several years since any of us Lains had been stung, just last week…

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