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  • Community reaping

    It’s only about 1 acre of wheat, but on Thursday morning it got all the attention at East Valley Farm and Community Garden. A small combine from Crop Production Services …


  • Gardening: SCC Spring Flower Show is Saturday

    Ah, spring! Last week’s streak of warm weather was all that was needed to give the daffodils, hellebores and forsythia the push to break into bloom. Not only did the …


  • Gardening: Easter lilies have a long story of repeated resurrection

    The majestic trumpet-shaped Easter lily seems to herald the message of the season. The blooms have been a part of Easter festivities since the late 1880s. We have an American …


  • Raised beds can reduce garden work

    Cleanup in my vegetable garden took me just a few hours last weekend. The secret? Raised bed garden boxes kept the work to a minimum. Raised bed boxes have many …


  • Protection is key to early gardening

    Growing a vegetable garden in our region is always a gamble with late frosts, cold soil and unpredictable weather. However with a little planning and staging, it is possible to …


  • Protection is key to early gardening

    Growing a vegetable garden in our region is always a gamble with late frosts, cold soil and unpredictable weather. However with a little planning and staging, it is possible to …


  • Heritage turkeys rich in taste, history

    You haven’t tasted a turkey until you’ve sampled a fresh, locally-grown heritage breed turkey. Gone is the dry meat and bland flavor of the traditional bird. In its place is …


  • Nip mildew in bud before it appears

    Are the leaves of some of your favorite plants covered with a strange powder that makes them look like they were dusted with flour? You have powdery mildew. A number …


  • Gardening: Nip mildew in bud before it appears

    Are the leaves of some of your favorite plants covered with a strange powder that makes them look like they were dusted with flour? You have powdery mildew. A number …


  • Feng shui principles create colorful harmony in the garden

    For Marianne Rieg, a garden is more than just a pretty collection of her favorite plants. She has used feng shui principles to create not only a vibrant, colorful space, …


  • Feng shui principles create colorful harmony in the garden

    For Marianne Rieg, a garden is more than just a pretty collection of her favorite plants. She has used feng shui principles to create not only a vibrant, colorful space, …


  • Currants, gooseberries make comeback

    Home landscapes aren’t just something pretty to look at these days. Many gardeners are planting fruit and berry bushes as well as vegetables among the petunias, roses and perennials. Two …


  • For the most colorful landscapes, start fresh every year

    For season-long color in the landscape, annuals are the way to go. “The annual flowers that grow, bloom, produce seed and die the same year are lovely, colorful, and predictable …


  • Gardening: Care with strawberries can really pay off

    When the first strawberries get ripe it is a treasure hunt to find the sweet bites of pure spring hidden under the leaves. It is a taste the grocery store …


  • Gardening: Care with strawberries can really pay off

    When the first strawberries get ripe it is a treasure hunt to find the sweet bites of pure spring hidden under the leaves. It is a taste the grocery store …


  • Try loosening soil rather than a complete turn over

    They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But when it comes to gardening, this old dog is always ready to learn something new. For years, I have …


  • Curtiss, Wild Sage team up for classes

    For those itching to draw spring a bit closer, Wild Sage American Bistro and Kathy Curtiss of Singing Gardens are offering a series of seasonal classes called Seed the Feast …


  • Reid garden intended to keep memory of EWU lab school alive

    The memory of the lab school on the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney will live on in a new garden. The Robert Reid Elementary Lab School didn’t only teach …


  • Spring ahead by seed-starting

    One of my favorite activities this time of year is starting vegetables and flowers from seeds. It might seem like a lot of trouble but it allows me to grow …


  • Spokane Valley church produces bountiful harvest

    Business is booming at the Veradale United Church of Christ garden. Expanded space has produced hundreds more pounds of food for the Spokane Valley Partners Food Bank and harvesting should …


  • Gardener sows generosity, reaps help

    For 77-year-old Robert Hanson, the fact that he can still get down on both knees to liberate potatoes from the dirt is “kind of a miracle.” Since 1982, Hanson has …


  • Productive program

    Hidden behind the buildings of the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office in Sandpoint is a sight one wouldn’t expect to see on jail grounds. A beautiful garden of three-quarters of an …


  • Kaleidoscope of color offers reprieve from winter palette

    This time of year, Spokane’s landscape usually has turned to shades of tan and brown. Most blooming plants have taken a hiatus with the recent heat and will come back …


  • Colorful yard offers reprieve from winter’s bleak palette

    This time of year, Spokane’s landscape usually has turned to shades of tan and brown. Most blooming plants have taken a hiatus with the recent heat and will come back …


  • Gardening lessons

    Near the corner of Seltice Way and Greensferry Road in Post Falls, there are a bank, a tire store, a pawnshop. There’s also a one-acre residential lot dotted with towering …


  • Hagadone hosts fundraiser

    Stray cats and dogs of Kootenai County need more than the passion of dedicated volunteers – they need donors willing to pay top dollar for tickets to the most spectacular …


  • Your best bet: short-season tomatoes

    The tomato and pepper plants have been in the stores for weeks. When is it really time to plant them? Also I always have trouble getting them ripe at the …


  • Apple tree needs proper pest control

    What do you do to keep worms from apple trees and when do you do it?


  • Welcome to open season on ‘plant currency’

    I went to Wal-mart today thinking I needed a bag of seed potatoes. I came out of there with nearly $100 of various plants, and seed potatoes only as an …

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