Beginner’s Guide to Container Gardens

07/13/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Before you plant a container garden, you need only four things: a container, soil, plants, and water. It can be that simple. Of course, things can get a bit complicated when keeping your plants…

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9 Annual Flowers To Thrive in Hot Sunlight

07/17/2020 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Clockwise – Zinnia, Nierembergia, Verbena Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Annual flowers never have a chance to develop an extensive root system. Premium Mulch helps sustain most plants and keeps away the…

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Container Garden Mistakes to Avoid

05/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Whether you are new to container gardening or have years of experience; there probably is something you’ll find valuable in this article. In order of which they are most often encountered, here are the…

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Blooming Plants that Flow Out of Containers

05/15/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener While tall plants that thrill the senses might be where you start with a container garden, they aren’t the most critical bloom in the pot. Plants that flow, spill and erupt out of your…

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Grow Happy Healthy Succulents

02/22/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Succulents are popular for two simple reasons: they are beautiful and nearly indestructible. They have shallow roots that form a dense mat just under the soil surface. With thick, fleshy, water-storing A fascinating variety…

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Time for Evergreen-Style Containers

10/18/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I have been dressing up our tired, overgrown outdoor pots.  Their plants had stopped blooming weeks ago, were badly overgrown and in need of haircuts.  In just a half day of gardening…

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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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Picture Perfect Pottery Gardens

10/28/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Created some new container gardens . . .What do you think? Autumn is a time of decorating.  Many of my gardens are end-of-the-season old and tired. With our first frost just days away, these…

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Grow More in Less Space

03/06/2016 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Poetry to a beloved dog It’s been a sad week at the Lain casa.  Baja, our 15 year-old chocolate Lab, passed away on Thursday. 🙁 I hope that you will indulge my attempt at…

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