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

04/13/2018 Ken Davis

                                                                  Good for           …

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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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Edible Perennials

04/22/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Recent rains have caused an explosion of perennial bloomers to show off in local gardens. There are a number of perennial plants that are not only pretty but come back year after year for…

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7 Tips for Better Strawberries

03/13/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Planting a strawberry bed can be an intimidating prospect. But fear not, these mountain-hardy tips will give you a good start to a successful harvest of luscious berries.  It’s not quite as easy as…

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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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Let’s Feed Our Gardens and Plant Hardy Vines

07/16/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

If you haven’t fertilized your yard within the last few weeks, the start of the monsoon season is the time to feed for increased summer blooms. This is especially important for plants stressed by spider mites, from being wind whipped,…

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Red Flame Grape

07/11/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Red Flame Grape, Vitis vinifera, melts in your mouth! Firm, fully ripe grapes have a pleasant seedless taste with no tough skins. Produces an amazing 30+ clusters of fruit per vine. Planting Tip: In an area the is hot and…

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Planting and Feeding Grapes, Brambles, Berries

03/21/2014 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Just as we’ve done for as long as each of us remembers, we welcome back the first week of spring!  We also have the pleasure of witnessing flowering trees ushering in the return of the planting season. Once again our…

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Plant Tip – Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine

08/03/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on the Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine: Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine – Bright orange to red flowers adorn this fast growing mountain vine

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Plant Tip – Akebia Vine

08/01/2013 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

30 second plant tip of the day on the Akebia vine: Great way to use Akebia in the landscape to hide unsightly fence, wiring, rocks, etc.

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