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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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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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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Preventing and Reviving Drought-Stressed Plants

08/11/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Stressed plants, resultant from inadequate amounts of rain or irrigation, cause a multitude of gardening issues. Usually, the oldest leaves are the first to show symptoms of stress by yellowing, drying, and falling off…

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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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How to Use the Local Plant Hardiness Map

07/05/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Find your garden’s hardiness zone by Zip Code We, gardeners, have come to rely on USDA Hardiness Zone Maps to tell us which plants will survive and thrive locally. The USDA released updated Plant…

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Determinate and Indeterminate Tomato Varieties?

06/23/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener One of the classifications you often see on a tomato plant or packet of tomato seed is ‘Determinate’ or ‘Indeterminate’. In a nutshell, these terms describe whether the actual plant grows like a bush…

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