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Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

8 1/2 Steps to DIY Landscapes

You moved to the area and bought a new home. The front yard package included a tree, three shrubs, and a boulder, and the back yard is a blank slate. The front yard is often dull at best, and the back is nothing but mud in the monsoon rains; where does anyone start? There are

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Essential July Garden To-Do List

July is the ideal month to add a shade or fruit tree, a berry plant, summer flowering shrubs, and perennials to the Landscape. Plants root quickly in the warm summer soil. With the arrival of monsoon rains, plants thrive even more. The increased humidity and shade from a cloud floating over the head are a

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

10 Mountain Plants Hard to Kill in the Garden

A good friend came into the garden center this week wanting guidance in planting a new raised bed wrapped around her house. She knew a cottage flower garden was her style but was overwhelmed by where to start. As a fellow entrepreneur, she also felt the reality of taking care of delicate plants with her

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

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

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