Stories tagged: gardening
Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Matt Liere: Guarding the bunny buffet
After getting a late spring start, the garden had finally blossomed. Early crop production from the raspberries and rhubarb had been phenomenal, but my eagerness lay with the fall arrivals …
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Doctor has just the prescription for growing peppers
Jim Gaddy may have retired as a family practice doctor three years ago, but his caregiving skills are still apparent in his vegetable garden.
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
Gardening: Old finds peek through blooming August garden of the month
The Inland Empire Gardeners has selected August Garden of the Month at a 1905 vintage house overlooking Monroe Street hill
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, 5 p.m.
Ask The Builder: How to use polymeric sand with pavers
I need to use polymeric sand on an upcoming job. Have you used this material before? Did you find it hard to work with? I’m terrified of having mottled stains …
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017, noon
In the Garden: A love of gardening is a legacy worth passing from generation to the next
When I was a little girl growing up in Southern California, I spent time every summer at my maternal grandmother’s home. Grandmother Emma lived in Pasadena and became a widow …
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, noon
Gardening: How is your lawn faring during hot weather? These tips can help restore it to health
September is a great time to restore a lawn.
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Then and now: Duncan Garden reaches its peak
The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, …
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
Gardening: Earwigs mostly helpful (don’t worry about your ears)
I am hearing rumors that earwigs have invaded gardens in the area. Take a deep breath: They are more of an annoyance than a destructive pest.
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 1 p.m.
In the Garden: Tips help homeowners transform existing landscapes
It’s fair to say that downsizing from 10 acres to a standard city lot would be an adjustment for anyone – but especially for two dedicated gardeners. Kurt Madison and …
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Tending nature’s bounty: Denominations come together for Spokane Valley garden
Parishioners and volunteers have transformed an unused field on the grounds of the Spokane Valley Adventist Church into a community garden. The hope: to teach gardening, provide food for formerly …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 4:24 p.m.
Gardening: Careful watering helps during grueling heat, Pat Munts says
Gardens and lawns need careful watering during the hot summer months. Here are some tips on how to ensure plants get enough water to survive the heat.
Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, noon
Gardening: From ‘empty slate,’ Painted Hills home’s landscape named July Garden of the Month
Since moving into their Painted Hills home in 2009, Carol and Peter McKenny have gone through more than a few deer-munching experiments as they developed their garden. After eight years …
UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:51 p.m.
Gardening: No green thumb needed for blueberries size of your thumb
I have heard from several gardeners in the last couple of weeks that they are harvesting blueberries the size of your thumb. We can thank all the water we got …
Sat., July 22, 2017, noon
In the Garden: CdA Garden Tour features a visit to the Hagadone estate on Casco Bay
The 20th annual Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour features a visit to the Hagadone estate on Casco Bay.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Gardening: Dragoon Creek homeowners create award-winning eclectic landscape
The Inland Empire Gardeners June Garden of the Month honorees are featured.
Wed., July 12, 2017, 12:59 p.m.
Gardening: Time to think about planting second crops
We are roaring right through the summer, and it looks like it might be a pretty good tomato year. It’s also time to think about what you can plant when …
UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 9:03 p.m.
Gardening: Zucchini plants still can be planted, but they will need plenty of watering amid heat
If you still have space in your garden or an empty place on your patio, it’s not too late to plant zucchini.
Sat., July 1, 2017, noon
In the garden: Shade makes for a cool garden
We gardeners often want what we don’t have: If our gardens are sunny, we long for shady retreats. Conversely, those who have shady yards yearn for sunshine. While some might …
Wed., June 28, 2017, noon
Gardening: Pat Munts encourages gardeners to do their part to help threatened pollinators
Homeowners can turn their gardens into pollinator friendly oases
Sat., June 24, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Best weeding tools are your fingers, but mulching and other things can help
Don’t let weeds develop flowers because seeds will quickly follow and then you’ve really got trouble. I wouldn’t recommend putting weeds that have flowered into compost piles since most piles …
Wed., June 21, 2017, noon
Gardening: Aphids leave imprints on Inland Northwest yard-scapes
Cool weather has allowed the soft-bodied sucking insect aphids to thrive and feed on perennials, shrubs and trees.
Sat., June 17, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
In the Garden: Learn about roses at Spokane Rose Society’s annual show
The next time you visit Rose Hill in Manito Park, take a moment to remember and appreciate the Spokane Rose Society. After all, Rose Hill wouldn’t be the magnificent garden …
Wed., June 14, 2017, noon
Gardening: Small space needs alternate garden, Pat Munts says
Like many of us, WSU Master Gardener Mia Marcum-McCoy is always looking for new ways to enjoy her garden and stretch her knowledge. A recent transplant to the South Perry …
UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 10:43 a.m.
Front Porch: Late iris project pays off in blooms, Pettit says
I have come late to the delights of gardening, as my friends know. And I think that some of them, including a Master Gardener or two, are kindly amused at …
Sat., June 10, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Annual Spokane in Bloom tour features North Side gardens
Garden tour season officially begins this month. First up is Saturday’s Spokane in Bloom tour, hosted by the Inland Empire Gardeners. This year’s spotlight is on six inspiring gardens on …
Wed., June 7, 2017, noon
Gardening: South Spokane resident sings praises of Milorganite for repelling deer
South Spokane resident recently stumbled onto a fertilizer that also seems to repel the deer from her garden. It’s called Milorganite.
Mon., May 29, 2017
Then and Now: Manito’s Duncan Garden
In early Spokane, parks were primarily natural spaces used for picnics. When Parks Superintendent John W. Duncan retired in 1942, Spokane’s park system included more parks, plus features like playgrounds, …
Sat., May 27, 2017, noon
Buy plants for butterflies, hummingbirds
Every year, gardeners eagerly anticipate the Friends of Manito plant sales because they know they will find exceptional plants that are hardy for this region. The spring plant sale will …
UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:47 p.m.
Gardening: Asparagus requires space, patience, Pat Munts writes
Spring is asparagus season. The tender green spears appear almost magically from bare ground in many places in the Inland Northwest, and not all of them are in backyard gardens.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 3:30 p.m.
In the Garden: Reflect your personality with a telling landscape design
A well-planned home landscape – whether designed professionally or by the gardener-in-residence – does a beautiful job of reflecting those who live there.