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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

How Pine Needles Help the Garden

If you live in a neighborhood where ponderosa pines grow freely, you know about too many pine needles. Pine trees drop lots of needles, especially those 50-foot giants! Gutter guards protect rain gutters, but piles of needles are on the ground. What is to be done with all these needles?     For years we’ve

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Freedom Is A Dangerous Thing

Freedom is a risky concept. It has its advantages. Without it, human progress is greatly impaired. Freedom enables those willing to take chances, to try things others fear to do, whether in business, sports or life in general. But it is fraught with unforeseen pitfalls and turns. The timid will be afraid to attempt to

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

USDA Garden Hardiness Map See Temperate Rise

Find your garden’s hardiness zone by Zip Code. Gardeners rely on USDA Hardiness Zone Maps to tell us which plants survive and thrive locally. The USDA released updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps for the United States. Plant zones are based on the average annual minimum temperature over a 30-year period, not the lowest temperature ever

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Kiss holiday clutter good-bye – no mistletoe needed

Set down your pumpkin spice latte!  I want to talk to you about uncluttering those dark and dusty places where you keep the Christmas decorations and traumatic memories from holidays past. What?! Am I proposing yet ANOTHER thing to do during the busiest time of the year for most folks?  You betcha. And I can

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Rules of Engagement

The term “Rules of Engagement” is generally considered a military expression, but certainly isn’t limited to the military. In the martial sense, it defines how and when our fighting men and women can pull the trigger, drop the bombs, or fire the torpedoes, when they come in contact with an enemy. In law enforcement the

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Beautifully Hideous Succulents

Optimism (op·ti·mism) definition: hopefulness and confidence about the future or the successful outcome of something. The alternate garden definition – one who plants seed or young plants; with faith it will grow into something better. Plants naturally take optimism, hope, or faith to believe in their potential, see positive outcomes, and nurture your garden. There

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