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Pat Munts

Pat Munts

Pat Munts is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her gardening column appears in the Thursday Voice.

pat@inlandnwgardening.com

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018

Gardening: Cooler weather brings humidity, risk of powdery mildew

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.

THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018

THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2018

Gardening: Preserve your harvest for winter months

What do you do when you have more tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, squash, eggplant, peas or cabbage than you can eat in a few days? Preserve it for the long days of winter when we are buried in snow. Freezing, drying and canning like our mothers and grandmothers used to do is making a comeback in this world of prepackaged food.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018

Gardening: It’s a good time to get to work on that fall garden

The heat of summer has finally arrived, and our vegetable gardens have taken off. With the onset of hot weather though, most cool season crops like peas, spinach, lettuce and arugula are fading fast. No more sugar pod peas to snack on as you walk through the garden.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018

Gardening: Deep watering paramount during heat of summer

In some ways the stretch of recent cooler weather has been great for the gardens. Plants have stayed in bloom a little longer, and with the timely rains, it hasn’t been too hard to keep things watered. That all could change during the hot season.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018

Gardening: Defending against aphid invasion

If we can get just a few more days of warm weather, the roses will begin coming into bloom. And with them will come a bevy of insects to steal away their beauty.

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018

Gardening: Garden of the Month contest marks 20 years

For over 20 years, the Inland Empire Gardeners has been celebrating gardeners and their gardens. Each month except December, it brings exciting speakers from all over the country to talk about all things gardening.

THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

Gardening: Potted plants need mix of science and art

My husband’s Mother’s Day gift to me was to just turn me loose in the garden to play. I had a great time planting my deck pots. Yes, I know I’m taking a chance on a frost but that is what tarps are for.

THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018

Gardening: To control chickweeds, timing is everything

Right now, chickweed is having a heyday in the garden spreading its mats of bright green leaves over any available piece of bare ground. Where did it come from you say? That’s this week’s adventure in gardening.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018

THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018

Gardening: Bulbs take center stage in spring

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

The snow drops are up and blooming. Tulip and daffodil leaves are poking out of the ground testing the weather before they really start growing.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2018

Gardening: Figuring out what to plant first this spring

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 2:37 p.m.

Now that the cold weather is fading, what can we plant first in the vegetable garden? Even better, what can we plant that will have us eating out of the garden in six weeks or less?