Pat Munts is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her gardening column appears in the Thursday Voice.
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.
THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2018
It’s yellow jacket and wasp season and they seem to be particularly annoying this year. Even the firefighters out on the wildfire lines are being painfully plagued by them.
THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018
Sometimes good things happen when trees come crashing down in a garden. Such is the case for Russ and Sara Weaver-Lundberg.
THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2018
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
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
Downtown Austin, Texas, is known for nightlife of live music, dancing and dining. I got to enjoy some of that while I was at a conference there last week.
THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2018
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
Yes, we have monarch butterflies in Spokane, and they need our help to survive and flourish, Pat Munts writes.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018
Dragonflies seem to be everywhere this spring.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2018
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
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
It’s slug season. I’ve already had them eating on some of my plants including one fresh from the garden center.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018
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
While gardeners wait to plant tomatoes, they can plant radishes that will be ready to harvest mid-June.
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018
It’s hard to miss nature’s celebration of spring on the hills and along the rivers of the Inland Northwest.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018
It took a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden and its world-renowned prairie gardens before I began to appreciate ornamental grasses in the landscape. I couldn’t figure out why gardeners liked them so much.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2018
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
We are only two months out from strawberry season. By the middle of June, plants will be heavy with fruit begging for a bowl and some fresh cream.
THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2018
To grow pretty and tasty plants, we must first tend to the soil properly.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018
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
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?