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Gardening: Keep your houseplants alive this winter

Winter’s gentle teaser last week is a good reminder that our gardening has moved indoors for the next few months. Here are some tips to keep plants alive and happy. …


Gardening: Planting amaryllis now and enjoy yule blooms, Pat Munts writes

The holiday season may seem to be a bit far off but now is the time to plant amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus so they will be ready for the holidays.


Gardening: Frost, fewer daylight hours trigger flora’s fall beauty

We are having a spectacular fall. Just enough frost to turn the leaves. No wind or rain to knock them off yet and bright sunny days to enjoy all the …


Gardening: How-to guide for storing season’s harvest

So, how do you store all of this fall bounty. It’s not hard if you pay attention to a few simple guidelines, Pat Munts writes.


Gardening: National dahlia judge receives September Garden of the Month award

Claudia Biggs, a national dahlia judge, has received the September Garden of the Month award for her dahlia garden.


In the Garden: Use lessons from harvest to plow into planning for next year’s garden

With the end of the garden season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how this year’s garden performed. Two challenges were high temperatures and hazardous air quality from regional …


Gardening: Pruning: Is this the right time?

The big question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now is when to prune what.


Gardening: As it grows cold, consider row covering, mulching and harvesting

Our gardening season is winding down.


Art in Bloom brings art and fundraising opportunity to historic Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

The fundraiser brings together local artists’ works and floral arrangements inspired by the artwork to benefit the site, which is on both the Spokane and Washington historic registries.


Gardening: Spokane Valley resident Carmen Perkins’ acre patch is named August garden of month

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.


Gardening: Tree with damaged trunk will seal off injured area to protect healthy bark

It started with squalling tires and a big bang.


Gardening: Cooler weather brings humidity, risk of powdery mildew

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 …


In the Garden: Bountiful harvests come from small city lot

Residing on a city lot in northwest Spokane, this couple has 14 bountiful raised beds and enjoys sharing their excess produce – and gardening skills – with their community.


Gardening: From 2015 windstorm to whimsical landscape – July garden of month earns perfect 10s

Sometimes good things happen when trees come crashing down in a garden. Such is the case for Russ and Sara Weaver-Lundberg.


In the Garden: Protecting your garden from critters

While deer in the garden can be trying, there are other critters out there who can be destructive to your hard work: voles, gophers, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits.


Gardening: Preserve your harvest for winter months

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 …


Gardening: It’s a good time to get to work on that fall garden

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 …


In the Garden: Versatile succulents gaining popularity

Succulents are truly the darlings of the horticultural world. With their wide variation in leaf colors and types, they have soared in popularity in recent years. They are frequently potted …


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Gardening: Nocturnal mammal the bat can be enticed to hang around but beware of rabies-carrying animals

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.


In the garden: McElroy encourages making plan, but not being married to it

If you’re a fan of the Saturday morning “Garden Report” on KHQ-TV, you know that Master Gardener Julie McElroy is a frequent guest of reporter Matt Rogers. During the segments, …


Gardening: Deep watering paramount during heat of summer

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 …


In the Garden: Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour opens gates to colorful, whimsical North Idaho gardens

Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club, the Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour on July 15 takes visitors to six gorgeous gardens, and also features artisans and vendors of garden-related items, …


Gardening: Spangle-area gardener receives June garden of the month honor

Gardening learning curves can be steep when you move from Southern California’s year-round gardening season to Spokane’s four-season mishmash of microclimates.


Glorious gardens: Spokane group tours some of England’s most majestic grounds

Leading 28 people on a tour of English gardens might sound like a daunting task. And it could have been, except that I had a lot of factors in my …


In the Garden: Aggressive plants test patience

It seems ironic that we gardeners are in a constant battle with plants that grow too prolifically in our gardens while babying others that apparently would rather grow anywhere else.


In the Garden: Visit to iconic Great Dixter beat gardener’s high expectations

Wandering through all of these areas was an adventure because one never knew what would be around the corner or through an opening in the many clipped yew hedges.


Gardening: Dragonflies have abundance of skills

Dragonflies seem to be everywhere this spring.


In the Garden: Celebrate roses with lecture, show

June is the month when roses are at their peak in area gardens. This beautiful flower will be celebrated in two very special ways this week.


Gardening: Garden of the Month contest marks 20 years

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 …


In the Garden: Stock up on pollinator plants at Friends of Manito spring plant sale

The best way to have a healthy, productive garden is by attracting pollinators.