USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Find your gardens hardiness zone by Zip Code Gardeners have come to rely on USDA Hardiness Zone Maps to tell us what plants will survive locally. The USDA released updated Plant Hardiness Zone Maps for the United States in 2012. Plant zones are based on the average annual minimum temperature over a 30-year period, … Continue reading
What Exactly is a Perennial Plant??
By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener One of the top questions we get here at the garden center is what’s the difference between an annual and a perennial?? It causes great confusion among novice, but you will quickly become a garden expert on the topic. Perennials are plants that are expected to live longer than 2 years. Unlike annual plants … Continue reading
‘Main Street’ Retailers Draw ‘Local’ Shoppers
by Ken Lain, the Mountain Gardener There is nothing like eating a tomato straight from the vine! Still warm from the sun, freshly picked, tender tomatoes are both sweet and tangy on the tongue, delivering a complex flavor that makes gardeners turn their backs on the pale, mealy tomatoes available from big box grocers. A succulent tomato plucked from the … Continue reading
10 Flowers that Draw Hummingbirds
By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Lisa and I were sitting in our front courtyard this week watching the antics of “our” hummingbirds. They were enjoying water from the fountains and sipping nectar from the 30+ pots of flowers. Yes, all the flower color, sparkling water, and fresh air were compiled for a romantic get away in our own front … Continue reading
What is an Annual Flowering Plant??
A true annual is a plant that completes its life cycle in one year. This means it goes from seed to seed and then dies during the course of one growing season. The whole mission of an annual is to flower, then produce seed and propagate. That is why deadheading or removing spent flowers before the flowers produce seed is … Continue reading