Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Plants with Really Big Blooms in August

How big can a single flower blossom be? The rare corpse flower of Indonesia can be up to three feet across!  There are far more fragrant and more readily available giant flowers we can grow in our backyards. Assess your garden situation and then choose from these big, bold, mountain bloomers:   Arizona Gaillardia –

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

When is Fruit Ready to Pick?

Most tree fruits release a sweet scent into the air when their fruits are ready to taste, but even so, it’s tough to gauge the exact moment of peak ripeness. Times will vary year by year, and different varieties will “come in” at different times. Here, by fruit variety, are a few signs that indicate

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

The Persistent 12 Plants Too Tough to Kill

Gardening may be one of America’s favorite hobbies, but it does have a downside:  Imagine investing dozens of hours and hundreds of dollars redecorating your bedroom, only to have it crumble to ashes in less than a year!  That is a good analogy to planting and nurturing a garden that withers away after one season.

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders

When it comes to the inevitable face-off between you and bugs, keeping them away from your immediate vicinity is a top priority. There are pesticides and bug traps, but these plants reduce the need for so many chemicals around the patio. Plants are in the business of repelling insects as a natural way of defending

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

9 Annual Flowers To Thrive in Hot Sunlight

If you have a sunny spot in the yard that looks perfect for a flower garden, make sure you choose plants that thrive in the hot sun without a lot of extra care. This can be a bit tricky if you want to grow annual flowers in a mountain garden. Some plants love our sun,

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