Lilac Jelly Recipe

12/19/2022 Ken Davis

by Lisa Watters-Lain, Arizona’s Garden Gal Lilacs have such a profusion of blooms in spring they are one of the easiest flowers to make jelly. The heady aroma fills a jelly jar like it does the landscape. Ensure your lilacs…

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10 Great DIY Mint Tea Blends Recipes

05/03/2017 Ken Davis

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Arizona’s famous for our outdoor lifestyle and the season has just begun.  This may surprise you, but we are also famous for the ease of which we have grown our own herbs, right outside,…

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You Can’t “Beet” These Chips

03/20/2017 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Home-grown beets are delicious root vegetables, and the leaves are considered by some to be the best of all greens!  Roasting and pickling are traditional ways to prepare beets, but we’re marching to a different “beet” with these oven-baked beet…

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Recipes for preparing Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

05/03/2016 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

Prickly Pear Creole 2 cups of diced cactus – remove spine with a knife first 1 pound of hamburger (cooked and drained) 6 ounces of tomato paste 1 cup of water 2 diced Jalapeño pepper
s 6 1/2 ounces of canned shrimp…

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Summer Herbs Can Be Preserved and Enjoyed Well Into Winter

08/13/2011 Ken Lain, mountain gardener

If you overlooked herbs when planting your garden this spring, it’s not too late to add them to your beds. Summer in the mountains is a great time to plant herbs because they love the combination of warm weather and…

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