How to Grow Clematis

08/17/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This Vine Is Known for Its Bold, Richly-Colored Flowers With its big, richly-colored flowers, The President clematis offers great aesthetic value for its looks, alone. But as a fast-growing vine that can be trained to grow…

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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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How to Grow Goldflame Honeysuckle

09/03/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener An excellent vine to use as a cover for trellis, arbor, and fencing. Also works well when pruned to form a dense shrub-like shape. Purple to deep pink buds open to sweetly fragrant,…

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How to Grow Trumpet Vine

07/30/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Large clusters of reddish flowers create a dramatic show all season long. Once established, this vigorous vine thrives in heat and blooms profusely with neglect. Quickly covers large areas as a ground cover, spilling…

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How to Grow Halls Japanese Honeysuckle Vine

05/20/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Halls Japanese Honeysuckle An outstanding mountain vine with fragrant yellow flowers that loves blooming in the summer heat. Wind, drought, deer, Javelina are no problem. Ideal at growing up fences, walls, or as a…

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How to Grow Akebia Chocolate Vine

05/15/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A super vigorous vine with dangling stalks of fragrant flowers appears in early spring. Blooms are often followed by showy, 4″ purple edible fruit . . .yum! She proliferates up arbors, pergolas, fences, and…

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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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Ideas To Enhance Side Yards

11/13/2019 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best, but when done well, it can…

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Flower Power “It’s like a Snickers Bar for Your Plants”

04/13/2018 Ken Davis

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Plant Foods Simplified Locally

02/27/2018 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain,  Arizona’s garden gal When walking down the fertilizer aisle at Watters Garden Center or any home improvement store you can’t help notice the dizzying the array of plant food. You’ll see bags and bottles, powders and granules,…

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