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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

What happens when Plants are Dormant

Those new to the four seasons of Northern Arizona: Autumn is a time of intense transition in the yard. Leaves fall off deciduous trees, and flowering perennials bloom one last time before fading underground until spring. This is when evergreens are most noticeable in the landscape. Desert gardeners new to four-seasons are bewildered by their

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Houseplants for a Healthier New Year

Today’s ultra-efficient homes seal outside air from penetrating their interiors, thus recirculating inside air without added freshness. A three-month-old air filter cleans only so many particles before choking on its own dust. We won’t mention formaldehyde-ridden foreign products brought into the home for the holidays. Initially, toxins weren’t an environmental problem because fresh air was

The Zany Sage

A New Holiday Tradition

As a minimalist, the idea of some dude dropping off packages in my home is unsettling.  And the thought that “he knows when you’ve been sleeping, etc..” sounds stalkerish to me.  But you’ll hear no “bah humbug” coming out of my mouth because I love Christmas! But I love the day after Christmas, too.  No,

Buz Blog

Opinion: Christmas is the Season of Hope

It hasn’t been easy this last year to maintain a positive attitude. With Covid-19, lock downs, masks, social distancing, the closures of restaurants, bars and other “non-essential” businesses, the cancellations of traditional events and ceremonies, a person’s mental condition is bound to trend toward sullenness if not depression. Add to that, the inability to see

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Winter Landscapes that Attract More Birds

Much of my garden is dedicated to attracting birds into our landscape. I firmly believe that a landscape cannot have enough birds . . . except ravens; my gardens can have too many ravens . . . Oh, well. When the first quail start gathering after the New Year, beautiful males perched on top of

Buz Blog

Opinion: Courthouse Christmas Lighting Resistance

On Saturday night, December 5, 2020, the city of Prescott and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual Christmas lighting of the lights on the trees around the Courthouse. Every other year, this event was a public gathering that brought hundreds, if not thousands of local residents and visitors to the Courthouse. The great thing

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