Top 10 Things Smart Gardeners Do in June

06/07/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener June is considered perennial month in the mountains of Arizona. This is the top time to find big, bold perennials at the garden center. These are the flowers that come back bigger and better…

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Everything the May Gardens Need Now

05/03/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mother’s Day is the historic last chance of frost, and summer plants can go in the gardens safely. It’s time to plant your garden tomatoes, pepper, squash, and herbs without risk. You wlll also…

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Top 10 Tomato Companions in this Year’s Garden

04/13/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Native American Three Sisters gardeners is legendary. Planting corn, beans, and squash together help all three plants thrive and produce a better harvest. These first gardeners of the soil were the first to use…

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Feed your Landscape Now

07/15/2022 Ken Davis

Monsoon rains hit the Lain gardens on Monday Let the Monsoon Rains do the Work for You One simple food for the entire landscape. The safety you can feel good about around family, animals, and friends. Enjoy vivid flowers &…

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Insiders’ Secrets to Growing Tomatoes

04/21/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener With so many tomato varieties and uses in the kitchen, it’s no wonder tomatoes are one of our most popular vegetables! Watters receive a lot of customer requests for additional tips and tricks on…

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5 Tricks for Growing Better Tomatoes in Pots

04/15/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener How to grow tomatoes in pots from seeds. Growing Cherry and Early Girl Tomatoes in containers. How often should you water a tomato plant? 5 reasons you keep killing your potted tomato plants Tomatoes…

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Gardening for Newcomers

02/20/2021 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, The Mountain Gardener Gardening Resources . . . Insider Tips to Mountain Gardening . . Fertilizer 4 Step Program . . . . Watering Guidelines . . . Vegetable Planting Calendar Planting Guide Mulch Plant Food Root…

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2021 Garden Trends You’ll See at the Garden Center

02/12/2021 Ken Davis

Audible Stories provided by Signals AZClick on the 3 Dots to download and listen on the Go by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Unless you’ve been living under a rock, 2020 was an unprecedented year, to say the least. Despite…

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6 Reasons to Become a Backyard Farmer

05/14/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener When Lisa and I were just married and struggling to keep fresh food on our table, a saint of a neighbor came to our rescue. Harry lived across the street, and his entire backyard…

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Health Benefits & How-to’s of Growing Tomatoes

05/01/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden Commercially grown tomatoes are transported while green. Companies spray them with artificial ethylene gas that forces tasteless fruits to turn red before selling them at our local grocery stores. That’s why fresh tomatoes off…

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