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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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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Irritating Insects and Fungus Among Us

03/07/2019 Ken Davis

Your garden is about to be under attack! Spring is just around the corner, bringing some very unwanted pests to our home landscapes. This class focuses on two major enemies to our plants: insects and fungus. Learn how to identify…

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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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Houseplants with the Most Fragrance

02/01/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Wet dog, funky socks, musty books, and the ever-present smell of teenage boys is more than any home needs.  Houseplants get a lot of lip service for their air-cleaning properties, but let’s face it,…

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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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