9 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders

9 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, Flies & Spiders

On the Go Answer – Readers Digest-type Condensed Version of this Article Use Plants around patios, decks, and doors to repel insects. Moist foliage of herbal plants releases essential oils that repel bugs. Mosquitoes breed in an inch of stagnant water. Standing water...
Where’s the Fruit?!

Where’s the Fruit?!

If you’ve been to a summer farmers market in California, Oregon, Washington or some other lush, temperate local, you probably witnessed an abundance of fruit. When you peruse one of our local markets in Prescott, Prescott Valley or Chino Valley, you may have noticed...
It’s Scientific:  Gardening = Centenarians!

It’s Scientific: Gardening = Centenarians!

by Ken Lain, the mountain gardener   Snippet: Why gardening is becoming more popular. Benefits of gardening. Why do farmers live longer? Importance of gardening as a hobby. Why is gardening good for your health?   Could nurturing a green thumb help you live...
Growing Peppers – Hot, Hotter & Extreme

Growing Peppers – Hot, Hotter & Extreme

The bulk of the gardens are dedicated to tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions, chives, and peppers. I am a salsa gardener and proud of it! The most exciting, tastiest, versatile of new plants for a kitchen garden are peppers. Sweet or spicy, too hot or soothingly...
Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Spring is the best time to plant a new apple tree. Just thinking of apple pie, apple tarts, candied apple, and hot apple cider makes my mouth water. With so many apple recipes to enjoy, why not plant an apple tree to celebrates every year? April is an ideal time to...