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...
Parsnips

Parsnips

The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable closely related to parsley and carrots that has been cultivated and eaten for thousands of years. Parsnips are indigenous to Eurasia; writings show that they were cultivated in both Greek and Roman times. Like...
Fragrant Shrubs Best Planted in March

Fragrant Shrubs Best Planted in March

Shrubs have many uses in the landscape, but gardeners who appreciate sweet-smelling plants will be especially drawn to the most fragrant of these shrubs. Whether cold-hardy or tropical, bushes in this group are valued for scenting the air and thereby diversifying the...
The Best Month to Plant Wildflowers

The Best Month to Plant Wildflowers

This is the ideal month to start a new wildflower garden in 2020. Few plants in the garden deliver a more natural appearance than wildflowers.  Although true success with wildflowers is dependent upon timing, adhere to these simple tips, tricks, and techniques, and...