10 Things to do with Fallen Autumn Leaves

10/03/2019 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Autumn leaves are a wonderment of the season. Although dropped leaves make for extra work, I really enjoy the seasonal change.  When most of the leaves have dropped, we pile them high and play…

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2018 Rose of the Year Collection

05/05/2018 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils we just grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague…

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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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Hardscape to Frame a Landscape

09/09/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A lot of time and care are put into the plants of your landscape but don’t forget the non-living features of the yard. While your plants may be the focus of your design, hardscape…

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Viral Video – Baby Quail – Just Hatched

07/12/2017 Ken Davis

When Ken Lain took this video, he thought is was cute, but never expected it to go viral. Almost 10,000 views on our YouTube Channel and still attracting interest.

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Personal Brand and Content Marketing with Ken Lain

04/25/2017 Ken Davis

In this episode, Ken Lain, aka “The Mountain Gardener” from Watters Garden Center, shares with us his fascinating approach to establishing his business brand with the influence of his own personal brand he passionately developed with various creative ideas and…

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9 Ways to an Easy Garden

04/01/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener A good garden is coffee time with your thoughts, watching a sunrise, the majesty of a butterfly, or the buzzing of hummingbirds. Gardener is a label proudly worn, but there are some unpleasant tasks…

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Peonies Your Grandmother Would Covet

03/18/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Few perennial flowers compare to the bloom and fragrance of peonies in the spring garden.  Many new varieties arrived this week at the garden center; so exciting that they inspired this week’s column. How…

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Design a Small Garden

03/16/2017 Ken Davis

By Ken Lain, the mountain gardeners Small garden spaces are so much easier to design and decorate than big open spaces, but gardening in small spaces is generally overlooked in gardening manuals. Garden design is often presented as a list…

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Growing Tomato Plants from Seed

02/03/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener I long have had garden success by putting started tomato plants in my garden rather than sowing seed directly into the soil.  This technic also guarantees I’ll be picking fresh juicy vegetables 2-6 weeks…

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