Pat Munts is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her gardening column appears in the Thursday Voice.
THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2019
What is “good quality potting mix”?
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019
The Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned over 100,000 pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries from Spokane backyard trees since its inception in 2013. The Tree Project is offering a workshop series on fruit tree management, grafting, native pollinators and pest management.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2019
It’s time to check your houseplants for unwanted visitors. The plants have been somewhat dormant for the last couple of months but with the increasing light, they will soon be waking up to spring; hitchhiking insects and all.
MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2019
Just to show you how mild a winter we have had so far, I had my first garden tour of the year last Sunday with a little twist. Michael Loundagin, an old friend who is well known in the local nursery industry, emailed last Thursday that he had two Anna’s hummingbirds, a male and a female, visiting a feeder left over from last summer. I grabbed my camera and headed for his South Hill garden.
THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2019
Beekeeping has become a very popular hobby in our region and beyond in the last few years. Beekeeping classes fill quickly, and several new beekeeping clubs have popped up in the area to keep hobbyists connected. What there hasn’t been until now is an educational event focused entirely on the biology, care and support for the bees.
THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2019
The holidays are over and the reality of winter – what there is of it – is settling in. Cabin fever for gardeners will be setting in soon so here are a few ways to beat the winter gardening blues.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2019
I can’t remember the last time I spent a whole weekend in January digging in the garden. But that’s what I did last weekend and it was wonderful!
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2019
Happy New Year, everyone. So here we are looking at a brand-new year and as always lots of new ideas for gardening. Winter is a great time to check them out and lay plans to incorporate them into the garden in the spring.
THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2018
The rush of Christmas is over. For many gardeners this means the real winter has settled, and it’s time to haul out the stack of reading material that has been accumulating since last spring. In between the books and magazines we have to catch up on is a growing stack of seed and plant catalogs that began arriving in late November.
THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2018
I’ve been taking advantage of our warmer than usual weather to knock out a few more garden projects before the garden gets buried in snow and everything freezes to the ground.
THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2018
Our neighborhood communication app was buzzing this past week with people wondering where all the winter resident songbirds have gone. Feeders around the Painted Hills and Ponderosa neighborhoods have been very quiet the past month.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2018
As the cold settled in this weekend, not much was stirring around our garden. The resident deer herd was nowhere to be seen. A few birds could be heard but our feeders have been very quiet this fall.
THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2018
Pat Munts observes the changing landscape on her return drive from the West Side to Eastern Washington over the holiday weekend.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2018
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today we will celebrate with family and friends around a table with more calories than we deserve. So how do we burn those off before they become permanently attached to our bodies? For those of you who haven’t gotten around to raking leaves yet, here is an easy way to get the job done with a minimum of effort and help your garden beds in the process.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018
The holiday season may seem to be a bit far off but now is the time to plant amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus so they will be ready for the holidays.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2018
We are having a spectacular fall. Just enough frost to turn the leaves. No wind or rain to knock them off yet and bright sunny days to enjoy all the color. But what makes the trees turn color?
THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2018
So, how do you store all of this fall bounty. It’s not hard if you pay attention to a few simple guidelines, Pat Munts writes.
THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2018
Claudia Biggs, a national dahlia judge, has received the September Garden of the Month award for her dahlia garden.
THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2018
The big question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now is when to prune what.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2018
Our gardening season is winding down.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018
It’s time to think about saving seeds from your favorite vegetables and flowers.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
Spokane Valley gardener Carmen Perkins has been recognized by the Inland Empire Gardeners. The group has named her garden the August garden of the month.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
Do you havefruit trees you don’t have time or energy to care for and harvest? Do you feel guilty seeing the fruit go to waste? If so, help for caring and harvesting the apples, cherries, plums, walnuts, hazelnut, peaches and apricots can be had by registering your trees with the Spokane Edible Tree Project.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
It started with squalling tires and a big bang.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018
The weather appears to be cooling a bit. Temperatures are dropping from the 90s into the 80s and 70s this weekend with nights in the lower 50s. Throw in a bit of humidity and you have perfect weather for the formation of powdery mildew.