6 Gardening Tips for Year’s End

12/21/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The days grow short as we move into the last of the 2018 gardening season. This is the time when gardeners like to relax, sip some tea while warming our feet by the fire,…

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Gardening While Saving

08/18/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Gardening is a real hobby, and like all hobbies, it’s easy to get carried away. Even after you have the necessary tools and supplies, there are always new plants, new hats and gloves, and…

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Fresh Dried Garden Tomatoes in Olive Oil

03/20/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Nothing says summer like fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes from the garden! As many of us start our tomato seeds, we can also start thinking about the endless ways to enjoy these garden gems. One of our favorites is drying, for a…

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You Can’t “Beet” These Chips

03/20/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Home-grown beets are delicious root vegetables, and the leaves are considered by some to be the best of all greens!  Roasting and pickling are traditional ways to prepare beets, but we’re marching to a different “beet” with these oven-baked beet…

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What is an Annual Flowering Plant??

05/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

A true annual is a plant that completes its life cycle in one year. This means it goes from seed to seed and then dies during the course of one growing season. The whole mission of an annual is to…

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What is a herbaceous perennial plant?

05/29/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

When a plant is called ‘herbaceous’, it means the core stems that hold the leaves upright during the growing season are soft, green or succulent, as opposed to the brown and woody stems of a lilac, forsythia or rose of…

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Heat Tolerant Greens and Lettuce

05/20/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Salads don’t have to end with spring! A crisp, colorful salad may be the perfect dish on a hot summer’s day, and some varieties of greens excel despite the heat. Sowing heat-tolerant greens keeps your fridge crisper full of healthful,…

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Nasturtiums – Edible or No??

05/09/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

All parts of nasturtiums are edible! The leaves can be used as a peppery substitute for watercress in salads and on sandwiches; the flowers make a gorgeous edible garnish for salads, hors d’oeuvres trays, and fruit salads; and unripe nasturtium seeds can…

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Pea Shelling Wando

05/03/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Introduced in 1943, Wando is a cross between Laxton’s Progress (an English pea) and Perfection (a New England heirloom). It is cold tolerant for early sowing, and more heat tolerant than other pea varieties. 18″ – 30″ plants with 7…

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Squash Winter Red Kuri

05/01/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Once you try these teardrop-shaped 3-4 pound fruits, they’ll become an essential part of your fall and winter cooking. “Kuri” is Japanese for chestnut, a tribute to its nutty flavor. Its smooth consistency and deep color make it a favorite…

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