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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Christmas Stories Behind Holiday Plants

Gardeners take a special interest in the holidays and the plants that mark the season. Pumpkins and spice start out the holiday decorating, which climaxes with Christmas and New Year plants. There is a tradition behind every plant where the stories run deep. Read on for a deeper appreciation of the holidays and the plants

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Exceptional Houseplants Anyone Can Keep Alive Indoors

The internet is filled with exotic tales of hard to find plants that are even harder to keep alive. Yes, we do have most of these unusual plants, but this column is dedicated to the new home gardener just starting out. It’s best to start with easy to care for plants. This is even more

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

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