Two Steps for Blockbuster Fruit Harvest in Spring

09/19/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Before Halloween, fruit trees should be fed with 6-4-4-7 Fruit & Veggie Food and sprayed with Horticultural Oil. Again in April. October…

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Planting Fresh Fruit for a Healthier You

05/25/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener On the Go Answer – Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Fruit trees are easy to grow in the Mountains. Apple, Pear, Peach, Plum, Apricot, Nectarine, grapes, and blueberries all grow Plant late-blooming…

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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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Plants that Keep us Together

10/16/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Dwarf Peach Tree It is easy to see in times like this how differently people think and act. Differences in action and belief seem to be on display everywhere. Whether the news, your favorite…

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When is Fruit Ready to Pick?

08/07/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Most tree fruits release a sweet scent into the air when their fruits are ready to taste, but even so, it’s tough to gauge the exact moment of peak ripeness. Times will vary year…

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Ultimate Guide for Mulches

09/08/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Mulch is any material that is spread or laid over the surface of the soil as a covering. It is used to retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool, and…

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Are Your Trees Healthy or Dying??

07/07/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain Gardener You’ve done your homework by assessing your yard and using appropriate information to choose just the right trees for your landscape. You’ve had Watters Garden Center plant them in the proper way, and have…

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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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8 Steps to Pruning Fruit Trees

02/24/2018 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener February is the ideal month to prune and plant fruit trees and we are loading up on local favorites here at the garden center.  The most consistent fruiter in the mountains Arizona is apples. …

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Tips for New Mountain Gardeners

09/23/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener High altitude gardening is different from gardening at lower elevations.  Combine our altitude with Arizona’s dry climate, bright air, and ever-present mountain winds, and you pretty much can forget what you learned from gardening…

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