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Gardening: Nine Mile Falls display has it made in the shade; retired postmasters win June Garden of the Month

Shade is always a challenge for gardeners, and it takes some creativity to build a colorful garden with only the sun that filters through the pine trees.

Gardening: Get plants ready for the hot summer days ahead

It’s the Fourth of July, and the corn should be knee-high in the garden.

Gardening: Early attack can thwart noxious weed invasion

Not all those pretty wildflowers we are seeing right now are harmless. Many of them are noxious weeds that are aggressively taking over the landscape.

Gardening: Apple sleuths compare notes at Sandpoint gathering

Through history, there are over 5,000 named varieties of apples in the world. Of those today, we commonly eat maybe 10. So, what happened to the other 4,990?

In the Garden: Spokane in Bloom kicks of garden tour season

The garden tour season officially starts on Saturday with Spokane in Bloom. This year’s tour features nine south-side gardens, carefully selected by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane.

UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10 p.m.

Tulip Town co-owner and man behind Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Tom DeGoede, dies at 85

Tom DeGoede, who owned Tulip Town with his wife Jeannette and helped start the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, died Sunday at 85.

4H food garden techniques taking hold in Burundi

Pat Munts describes

Gardening: Well-planned pot has thrillers, spillers and fillers

With the warmer weather, it’s time to plant the deck pots.

Gardening: Proper research can prevent common tree-planting mistakes, experts say

The gardening season is in full swing and the nurseries are full of enticing plants.

Gardening: Never underestimate Spokane’s fickle spring weather

Knowing when and what to plant in the Inland Northwest, Pat Munts relies on her 40 years of experience in Spokane’s fickle spring weather.

In the Garden: Placement counts when it comes to growing beans

If you plant bean seeds with the little scar, or belly button, facing downward, they will sprout easily. While this might seem like a tedious extra step, it has made …

Gardening: SpokaneScape program offers rebates for lawn-free, water-efficient front yards

The city’s SpokaneScape program will pay you to remove lawn in a front yard and help you design a new, water-wise landscape.

In the Garden: Expo gives gardeners time to learn, play, shop

When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for …

UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

Gardening: Consider growing plants with colorful leaves in shade

Last week I talked about getting rid of moss in shady areas. That resulted in questions about how to get some color in shady areas of the garden. Dark green …

Gardening: Change soil conditions and bid adieu to moss-colonized lawn

Now that the grass is growing, the question of the week seems to be how to get rid of moss in the lawn.

Gardening: Careful moving of mother-in-law’s treasured rose, step by step

I have to move a very special rose this spring.

In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty, birds, bees and butterflies to the garden

While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors …

Gardening: Time to aerate, fertilize and spot treat weeds to revive lawn

It’s time to get a jump on lawn care before it gets away from us.

In the Garden: Blueberries provide a delicious harvest, plus beauty in the landscape

I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered …

Five tools gardening experts can’t live without

Whether you’re a beginner starting out with a container of herbs or an expert, every gardener needs a good tool kit. We asked experts for their top tools.

Ammi Midstokke: The garden optimist emerges from hibernation

I wasn’t always a good gardener. Based on my seed-to-actual-plant ratio, I likely never will be.

Gardening: Start next season’s pollinator meadow now

Planting a pollinator meadow begins in the spring and will take a year to ensure a growing field that will sustain important insects and animals.

In the Garden: Mind your peas and onions, and other tips for starting cool-season crops

You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?

Melting snow reveals moldy lawns, golf courses in Spokane

Don’t be alarmed if you spot patches of gray or pink fuzz on your front lawn. Instead, gardening experts recommend you grab a rake.

Gardening: Hot peppers tricky, but worth a try, Pat Munts says

Growing really hot peppers seems to be a trend, gardening columnist Pat Munts writes.

Gardening: Daffodils signal spring is coming

Spring is out there somewhere. I caught a glimpse of it during a layover in Wales on my way back from Africa. It was wonderful.

In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …

Gardening: Blueberriy, elderberry, serviceberry plants do well in Inland Northwest

If you’ve joined the berry and fruit tree growing trend, Pat Munts offers some tips on getting good yields.

UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …

Spokane Master Gardener program wins award

The Spokane County Master Gardner’s won the International Master Gardener Conference’s Search for Excellence Community Service Award.