Fruit Trees – Health & Harvest

02/16/2021 Ken Davis

https://youtu.be/S8dr4hybjmM Watch the Livestream Fruit trees not only beautify our landscapes, but they also give us actual food to eat! Links to Additional Information Fruit Tree Calendar Apple Pollinator Chart Apricot Pollinator Chart Cherries Pollinator Chart Nectarines Pollinator Chart  Peaches…

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9 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders

07/23/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Use Plants around patios, decks, and doors to repel insects. Moist foliage of herbal plants releases essential oils that repel bugs. Mosquitoes…

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Wildlife & Bug Prevention

09/07/2019 Ken Davis

Late summer is not only the peak of bug season, but there’s also intense pressure from furry visitors in our yards.  Students start with best practices to keep javelina and pack rats away, then quickly move to solutions for grasshoppers…

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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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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

04/14/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden The aphids are thick in the garden.  Lisa and I were enjoying a sunset this week and the winged adults were so thick they were drawn to the flames of the firepit and polluted…

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Great Ladybug Release and Arbor Day Celebrations

03/23/2018 Ken Davis

The week between Earth Day and Arbor Day is something special.  April is the peak planting season for local gardens.  Arbor Day, Friday, April 27, Watters Garden Center will host it’s annual ‘Great Ladybug Release @ 2 pm and repeats…

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Insect Control – Bacillus thuringiensis

02/16/2018 Ken Davis

Lora Goulding, Master Gardener Bacillus thuringiensis is a naturally occurring soil bacterium disease that is fatal to the larva stage of certain insects. It occurs naturally in the gut of caterpillars of various types of moths and butterflies, as well…

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Powdery Mildew – Identify and Cure

09/16/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Powdery mildew is one of the most prevalent and recognized plant diseases of our rainy season, July to the end of October. Virtually no plant is immune, but some are more susceptible than others. …

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Insects and Diseases Common to Local Gardens

04/21/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Although gardening has so many upsides, it does have one really irritating double-barreled downside: pests and diseases that attack our beautiful plants and delicious homegrown vegetables.  These attacks rarely are fatal, but monitoring a…

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Ladybugs – Do they Really Work in the Garden?

03/25/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain garden The aphids are thick in the garden.  Lisa and I were enjoying a sunset this week and the winged adults were so thick they were drawn to the flames of the firepit and polluted…

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