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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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/01/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener                           Mildew on Plant Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and easily recognized plant diseases of…

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

04/14/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden The aphids are thick in the garden.  Lisa and I were enjoying a sunset this week and the winged adults were so thick they were drawn to the flames of the firepit and polluted…

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Great Ladybug Release and Arbor Day Celebrations

03/23/2018 Ken Davis

The week between Earth Day and Arbor Day is something special.  April is the peak planting season for local gardens.  Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Watters Garden Center will host it’s annual ‘Great Ladybug Release @ 2 pm and repeats…

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Insect Control – Bacillus thuringiensis

02/16/2018 Ken Davis

Lora Goulding, Master Gardener Bacillus thuringiensis is a naturally occurring soil bacterium disease that is fatal to the larva stage of certain insects. It occurs naturally in the gut of caterpillars of various types of moths and butterflies, as well…

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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and recognized plant diseases of our rainy season, July to the end of October. Virtually no plant is immune, but some are more susceptible than others. …

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Creatures of the Night Alight on Watters Garden Center – August 12

08/03/2017 Ken Davis

Owls and bats rule the night skies of Arizona, and they’re great for the garden –and the environment! On August 12, the Arizona’s Raptor Experience descends once again on Watters Garden Center to showcase “The Benefits of Attracting Owls and…

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

03/25/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden The aphids are thick in the garden.  Lisa and I were enjoying a sunset this week and the winged adults were so thick they were drawn to the flames of the firepit and polluted…

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Companion Planting – Pairing Plants to Control Insects, both Good and Bad

03/08/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I have some deeply sorrowful news that has shaken a family to its core. A great man has fallen.  He was a man of God, a dad, the best grandfather you could want for…

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