Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

5 Mountain Herbs You Only Plant Once

As we begin the ‘Fall Garden Season,’ organic herbs and Autumn vegetables overflow the garden center. This week’s column features the best herbs for your garden and the distinguishing characteristics of each. Deer, rabbits, and javelinas find the taste of herbs distasteful. These plants are never threatened by critters roaming the yard. Many herbs can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Plants that Screen for Privacy and a Sense of Seclusion

Now through Thanksgiving is the best time to plant privacy screens for the maximum growth necessary to have seclusion next year. Without strategically placed evergreens in the yard, it can feel like prying eyes are looking right into your home. Not only does your privacy seemingly disappear, but that neighbor’s debris pile comes into clear

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Feng Shui Design for Healing Energy from the Garden

Visitors to your BBQ party feel the inviting warmth but can’t put their finger on the event’s pulse. It a feeling brought out by your creative landscape design. Novice describes the beauty, openness, style, and a unique gathering. Design experts see the mathematical balance between hardscape and plantscape, yet Asia defines this feeling as Feng

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Ways to an Easy Garden

Time seems to grind to a halt when those stressed voices repeat themselves in my head, but not in the garden; an unplugged afternoon appears to melt away stress like a fading sun. Gardening is my escape from a hyper-connected world of Facebook, inbox, and scrolling Instagram posts. It becomes my inspiration when spending too

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

11 Summer Flowers that Outpace the Rest

The brightest flowers of the summer planting season wait until temperatures rise above 90 degrees to do “their thing.” Like sunbathers on a golden Lake Powell beach, summer-blooming varieties are planted when the sun is bright, and temperatures are hot. Here are my top 11 flowers that outpace the rest in fragrance and ability to

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Fun Plants to Grow with Kids

It’s my grandmother’s fault! Tomatoes warmed by the afternoon sun eaten ripe with saltshaker in hand, is how my grandmother enticed me into her gardens. Honestly, she often scolded me for leaving the kitchen saltshaker in the garden. I now share her passion for the garden with my six children and three grandchildren. She simply

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