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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

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

11 Tips to a Stunning Backyard You Love

Your yard is meant to be a place of refuge, entertainment with the best of friends and family, a source of fresh air and enjoyment. This is the place to relax, unwind, and have fun. You might find yourself avoiding the backyard if there’s too much stuff, difficult to move around, or there is always

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Freeze Warning above 4500 foot Elevation Monday Night 10/26

Severe Frost Alert!  Killing frost can damage summer plants through Tuesday night. Ensure plants are hydrated thoroughly. Reduce damage by covering vegetable plants, basil, and frost-sensitive flowers like marigold, zinnia, and geraniums. Protecting Plants from a Frost Cover Them – There’s nothing we can do to stop frosts and freezes from happening, but we can

Ken Lain - The Mountain Gardener

Top 10 Colored Shrubs of Autumn

Mountain landscapes are famous for their autumn colors. This month’s column is merely a list of the best-colored plants you’ll find to plant in your backyard. Of course, there are more choices, especially if you include ornamental grasses and the mountain flowers that bloom through the end of the year. For an in-depth tour of

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

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