Stories tagged: gardening
UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 2:37 p.m.
Gardening: Figuring out what to plant first this spring
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 …
Sat., March 17, 2018
Ask the Builder: Workmanship errors can cost thousands of dollars down the road
This column was inspired by two expensive mistakes, one by a home builder and one by a home service installer. In both instances, an hour or two of extra time …
Wed., March 14, 2018, 12:04 p.m.
Gardening: If itching to get in the dirt, check out Cabin Fever event
Could it be that the cold and snow are behind us? My garlic is poking its heads out of the winter’s protective mulch. Several people have said that tulips and …
UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 11:41 a.m.
Gardening: Phyllis Stephens retiring after decades as Spokane’s foremost gardening authority
Pat Munts pays tribute to longtime gardening guru and TV personality Phyllis Stephens, who is retiring after over 30 years of sharing her knowledge with residents of the Inland Northwest …
Sat., March 3, 2018
In the Garden: Not time to plant, but it is time to plan
It feels like the winter months are moving at a glacial pace. While all of us are anxious to head out to the garden and get down to business, there …
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, noon
Gardening: March is time to prune fruit trees
It’s time to think about getting fruit trees ready for spring.
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, noon
Gardening: Covered garden beds will add grow time and protection from cold weather
Remember I said a couple of weeks ago that winter isn’t over until winter is over? I rest my case.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5:12 p.m.
Gardening: Artichoke, husk tomato in March planting plan
My desk is covered with seed packets at the moment. Our recent spate of warm weather got me fired up to order my seeds for the spring.
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 12:06 p.m.
Gardening: Time for early garden chores, Pat Munts writes
With a break in the weather that has thawed the ground, we can get done some early garden chores, Pat Munts writes.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018
Spokane workshops spotlight historic barn, schoolhouse remodels
Spokane Preservation Advocates offer three adaptive reuse workshops in February.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 2:46 p.m.
Gardening: Inland Northwest Food Network workshop will offer lessons about saving seeds, Pat Munts writes
Seed School in a Day workshop March 3 will teach how to save your own seed.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Gardening: Consider length of local growing season when choosing seeds
When planning the garden you want to grow, consider the length of our growing season before making your seed choices, Pat Munts writes. Local garden centers offer many types of …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 12:20 a.m.
Gardening: Biochar, seed swap, Seattle show offer fun learning
It must be time to take advantage of some fun learning opportunities around the Inland Northwest and beyond.
Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, 1:39 p.m.
Gardening: Keep dormant houseplants healthy in winter
Yesterday was National Houseplant Day. Given the sloppy, icy, rainy and overall gray conditions outdoors, we could use a celebration of green in our lives right now.
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, noon
Gardening: Good time to start thinking of acquiring holly plants, Munts writes
As I was shoveling last week’s snow, the Christmas carol “The Holly and the Ivy” got stuck in my head.
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Gardening: Remove incentives for havoc-wreaking squirrels
Squirrels are the clowns of the garden. … They are also terrorists with tails.
Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, noon
Gardening: Round out your pre-winter chore list with these tasks
Here are a few reminders to help finish your fall chore list.
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 5:34 p.m.
Gardening: Potatoes went through a long journey to acceptance on our dinner tables
A Thanksgiving meal just isn’t complete without the mashed potatoes.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 3:44 p.m.
Gardening: SCC students will show off fruits of labor at annual Poinsettia Open House
Spokane Community College students Jamie Lucas and Jarred Reitan are part of the greenhouse management class that is raising poinsettias for the annual Poinsettia Open House Thursday and Friday at …
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Gardening: Early, persistent snow shifts seasons quickly
None of us expected our fall to end like it did last weekend. In my 40 years here, I can’t remember such an early snow that stuck around as long …
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:02 p.m.
Gardening: Portrayal of America’s first professional botanist promises to be entertaining, illuminating
If you want to see a mesmerizing portrayal of the life and times of America’s first botanist, John Bartram, don’t miss Kirk R. Brown performance of “John Bartram Lives” at …
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
Gardening: Fall’s fiery brilliance can be preserved, enjoyed year-round
October is my favorite month of the year.
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:05 p.m.
Gardening: Guest speaker at annual Master Gardener Foundation dinner will talk about the plight of native bees
Last summer I was lucky. I seemed to have more than a few bumblebees buzzing around my garden.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Gardening: Spokane garden displays last hurrah of season
Sandy Mooney’s riverside garden near Spokane’s Upriver Dam, is the perfect place to soak up the last hurrah of the garden. So much so that she earned the September Garden …
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, noon
Gardening: In remaining warm days, use floating row cover to trap heat, extend ripening
Row cover is a spun polyester fabric that lets in sun, heat and water and is thick enough to provide some insulation.
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, noon
Gardening: Fall blooms bring final splash of color, insect food
With the arrival of cooler weather, many plants will begin to wind down and start to go dormant. There are a few that are only beginning their peak bloom and …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, noon
Gardening: Control necrotic ring spot in lawn
Got brown patches of grass showing up in your lawn? It may be necrotic ring spot, a fungal disease that lives in the soil and emerges when conditions are conducive …
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