Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Flowers for Backyard Parties that Fight Back Insects

Bugs wreak havoc on flowers leaving frustrated gardeners to ponder whether to fight back with chemical pesticides, organic poultices, or angry machete chops. However, even if you’ve lost the battle with bugs this season, you can win the war by planting flowers that insects find unpalatable. These flowers naturally repel insects due to soapy sap,

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

7 Flowers to Save Monarch Butterflies

Why do you garden? Before the pandemic, the question was asked with over 2500 replays consolidated into 30 key categories based on the words of local gardeners. The purpose was to identify customer values that would become the basis for my writing calendar, garden content, and weekly garden podcast. You can guess a few, but

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

2020 Roses Best in Show

The mountains of Arizona are famous for easy-care roses. Because of the dry air and alkaline soils, we grow a better, brighter, more fragrant rose without the disease and insect issues that plague gardens in high-humidity states. Every garden deserves at least one rose bush, whether in the ground, raised bed, or a container. 4

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 Colorful Plants for Hanging Baskets

Because most hanging planters are suspended at eye level, sometimes higher, not all flowers are ideal. Many upright plants, especially those with flowers at the top, don’t look great when viewed from this angle. For hanging baskets and the edge container gardens, the best options are plants that look good naturally when viewed from the

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

5 Tricks for Growing Better Tomatoes in Pots

Tomatoes continue to rate among the top summer plants in gardens. This is such a large plant, they are challenging to grow in small containers. Here are five insider tips to growing better tomatoes in containers. Containers are ideal for tomatoes for a multitude of reasons. When unfavorable weather is expected, your baby plant can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The Most Beautiful Mountain Flowers in the Garden

Some flowers capture the imagination like no other. Their sheer beauty makes them iconic, transporting gardeners in the remembrance of garden weddings, tropical destinations, and secret forests. These flowers may seem exotic, but many can be grown right here in the mountains of Arizona. Here are the most beautiful flowers you can grow in local

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