12 Medicinal Plants of Arizona with Herbal Uses

08/23/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Arizona is well past its 100th anniversary as a state and all grown up. Pioneers to the territory needed to be resourceful, work hard, and figure out how to work with the land, including…

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Growing 5 Different Garden Lavenders

07/13/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lavenders can be overwhelming, with over 17 mountain hardy varieties sold here at Watters Garden Center. With this simple guide, you will be a garden expert on this fragrant mountain herb. On the Go…

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How to Harvest Herbs and Double their Growth

06/15/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener You may have heard that herbs thrive on neglect. While it is true growing these flavorful plants is pretty easy, you definitely want to pay attention to your herb garden. Once they are in…

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Top 10 Herbs for Your Kitchen Garden

05/25/2023 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Overwhelmed by choosing what herbs will make the best culinary garden? Check out this list of herbal favorites grown in local gardens. Each is used in various dishes and is easy to grow in…

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Healthy Herbs Best Grown in the Shade

04/14/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Organic herbs and vegetables are never genetically altered, grown to perfection, and picked fresh from your garden. There is nothing quite like biting into a fresh tomato warmed by the afternoon sun. Herbs are…

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A Healthy Evergreen Anyone Can Grow

03/04/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Its Latin name, Rosmarinus officinalis, means ‘dew of the sea,’ most associated with healthy Mediterranean cooking. Imagine tumbling Rosemary growing over a wall and spreading across a desert rock lawn. Ideally, this rugged mountain…

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9 Houseplants that Make a Kitchen Statement

10/01/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Add color, purify the air, and pick fresh produce year-round. Which indoor plant is good for the kitchen? Tall plants for the kitchen. Best plants for kitchen feng shui. Indoor plants that don’t need…

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Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders are No Match for these Plants

05/26/2021 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener What plants keep mosquitoes and bugs away? Plants that repel aphids. Citronella plant. What plants repel bugs ants roaches? Perennial plants that repel mosquitoes. What indoor plants keep bugs away? Shade plants that repel…

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How to Grow Creeping Rosemary

02/25/2021 Ken Davis

The Tasty Evergreen Anyone Can Grow by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Imagine growing Rosemary that tumbling over a wall or spreading across a dry rock lawn. This tough little gem is the perfect plant for garden walls, pots, banks,…

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5 Mountain Herbs You Only Plant Once

09/24/2020 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Echinacea As we begin the ‘Fall Garden Season’ organic herbs and autumn vegetables overflow the garden center. This week’s column features the best herbs for your garden and the distinguishing characteristics of each. Deer,…

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