Stories tagged: gardening
Wed., April 27, 2016, 3:58 p.m.
Gardening: Pollinators need more than blooms to thrive
Besides flowers for nectar and pollen, pollinator and beneficial insects need water, shelter from predators and nesting sites.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 3:54 p.m.
Associated Garden Clubs will hold annual plant sale at Manito Park on April 30-May 1
The Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane is holding its annual plant sale at Manito Park next to the Conservatory on Saturday and Sunday.
Sat., April 23, 2016, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: Melons worth the extra effort
I’ve been growing cantaloupes for years and have learned what it takes to pull it off. I’m willing to give them a little extra attention because the taste of a …
Wed., April 20, 2016
Gardening: Choose blooms that attract bees
You should choose flowers that bloom progressively through the season to provide a steady source of nectar and pollen.
Sat., April 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
Plant garden to attract pollinators
Pollinators help increase the production in our vegetable gardens, berry patches and orchards. In addition, flower pollination helps plants produce seeds. If there are no seeds, there will not be …
Wed., April 13, 2016
Biochar helps garden hold on to nutrients, water
Biochar is a form of fine-grained charcoal that can hold onto tremendous amounts of soil microorganisms, nutrients and water when added to the soil.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 7:07 p.m.
Community gardens more than just a place to grow plants
Vegetable planting season has just begun, but it’s definitely open season for renting a box in one of our area’s community gardens. An easy way to find a community garden …
Sat., April 2, 2016, 9:23 a.m.
Deer? Oh, dear!
We gardeners get visitors of all sorts. The most frustrating and annoying ones are deer.
Wed., March 30, 2016
Gardeners can grow lots of produce in planter pots
With our early spring, are those pots on your deck already calling out to be planted? Here are some ideas for filling them with cool-season vegetables and when the weather …
Wed., March 30, 2016
Garden plots available at East Valley Farms
East Valley Farms, a community garden on the corner of East Wellesley and South Sullivan Roads near East Valley High School, has garden plots available for this growing season.
Sun., March 27, 2016
Event shows off bounty, beauty of orchids
Orchids have one of the most exquisite flowers found in nature. Native to regions all over the world, there are as many as 30,000 species of them. Forty-one of them …
Wed., March 23, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Gardening: Early spring means shrubs must be moved soon
This is one of the earliest springs I can remember in the Inland Northwest and I’ve been here almost 40 years. Forsythias are blooming a month early and there are …
Wed., March 16, 2016
Gardening: Make birds welcome in your yard
Encouraging birds to take up summer residence in your yard not only provides entertainment, it provides you with an ever vigilant flock of bug catchers.
Sun., March 13, 2016
Different seeds need different starts
Indoor time helps some plants thrive, while others need to start outside.
Wed., March 9, 2016
Gardening: Early bloomers add color to seasonal transition
The show stoppers right now in my garden are the blooming witch hazel, hazelnuts and pussy willows.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 7 p.m.
Reviving the urban forest: Advice for replacing trees lost to windstorm
On Nov. 17, Spokane was hit with a severe windstorm that caused hundreds of trees to topple. Many homeowners are now faced with the task of replacing those trees while …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
Gardening: Signs of spring come early
So what does spring have in store for us this year? The long range forecast call for a little bit of dryness for late winter followed by average rainfall and …
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 8:39 a.m.
In the Garden: First step is taking care of soil
How would you like to have a more productive garden with less work and expense? Have I gotten your attention?
Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
Gardening: Writer tells story of Pooh’s forest home
The Hundred-Acre Wood is alive and well and real.
Sat., Feb. 20, 2016, 7 p.m.
In The Garden: Abundant seed options sprout visions of spring
Beginning today, and every weekend throughout the growing season, I’ll be here to guide you through the joys of gardening, share the newest plant varieties and trends, alert you to …
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016
Gardening: Warmer weather means it’s time to plant new trees
When buying a tree, do some research to find varieties you like. The grocery stores generally carry only a half dozen of the more than 5,000 varieties of apple that …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016
Gardening: Hybrids may be best bet for short growing season
It’s still too early to start seeds for this year’s garden.
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016
Gardening: Native plants help pollinators thrive
“Pollinator Friendly Gardening” devotes whole chapters to what pollinator insects need to thrive in a garden: water, shelter and food. It also addresses the fact that gardens planted with native …
Wed., Jan. 27, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Gardening: Easy-to-grow kale provides boost to healthy diet
If you are on a health kick this year, be sure to add kale to your diet. Kale you say? That weird looking and tasting member of the cabbage family? …
Wed., Jan. 20, 2016
Shows keep gardeners busy until planting time
The January thaw is upon us. Our month of below-freezing weather and snow is giving way to a few 40-degree days. I’m hearing rumblings that gardeners are getting restless and …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2016, 8 a.m.
Gardening: Some houseplants are poisonous to pets
Many houseplants can cause intestinal, stomach and skin issues or mouth irritation to name just a few symptoms. Fortunately, they aren’t likely to kill an animal unless they eat a …
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 5:40 p.m.
Gardening: Options for replacing downed blue spruces
Windstorm was especially tough on blue spruces, in part because of their size.
Wed., Dec. 30, 2015
Pat Munts: 2016 brings a garden makeover to attract pollinators and beneficial insects
There are lots of resources available for gardeners who want to make their spaces friendlier to pollinators and beneficial insects.
Wed., Dec. 23, 2015
Many happy returns of the Christmas blooms
Tips for keeping holiday plants alive for perennial enjoyment.
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015
Gardening: Windstorm provided easy access to boughs for decorations
With all the wind-damaged branches on the ground this year, making swags, wreaths and decorating empty garden containers for winter should be really easy.