Narrow Side Yards Made Beautifully

11/17/2022 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Many mountain homes have a side yard that is not only long and narrow but treacherously steep. Good landscape design for such a layout is complicated at best. A good design ties the entire…

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Best Hypoallergenic Trees for Allergy Sufferers

11/03/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Allergy sufferers know the symptoms: Runny nose, Coughing and sneezing, Nasal congestion, Itchy nose, eyes, and throat. Autumn Ragweed gets most of the attention in the fall, but landscape trees are even be a…

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Insider Secrets Your Landscaper Won’t Share

10/20/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Readers Digest Condensed Version of this Article Plants look best when planted together in odd numbers. Add garden interest by planting smaller plants in front of taller ones. Hardscaping is everything non-living, like irrigation…

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Fertilize Everything in the Yard Before Halloween

10/14/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Walk down any aisle of your local garden center, and you can’t help but notice the dizzying array of plant foods. You’ll see bags, bottles, powders, granules, sprays, and concentrates. Furthermore, you’ll discover more…

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Cocktails in the Garden

10/05/2022 Ken Davis

Raise the bar with garden-fresh ingredients that transform cocktails into signature drinks by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Cheers! Drinks made with just-picked herbs, fruit, and vegetables as flavorings are the toast of the party season, whether made with alcohol…

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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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Top 10 Yellow-Flowering Plants for Your Garden

09/16/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Yellow flowers bring sunshine to a landscape, even on a cloudy monsoon day. There is room in virtually any garden for the many shades of yellow from spring bulbs, showy shrubs, and perennial wildflowers.…

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Best Vegetables to Grow in a Fall Garden

09/09/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener There are lots of vegetables that grow well through the cool autumn weather. Some plants need longer days and a bit warmer soil to really get started, but all produce through the end of…

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Plants with Fun Fragrant Foilage

09/02/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Surprises abound in the gardens when it comes to uplifting scents. Brushing up against a Scented Geranium as it fills the patio with the taste of citrus. These plants not only smell great but…

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How to Grow Clematis

08/17/2022 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener This Vine Is Known for Its Bold, Richly-Colored Flowers With its big, richly-colored flowers, The President clematis offers great aesthetic value for its looks, alone. But as a fast-growing vine that can be trained to grow…

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