Ken Lain – The Mountain Gardener

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

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.

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