Stories tagged: gardening
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017, 5:12 P.M.
Gardening: Edible native plants can thrive in home gardens
In recent years, interest has grown in foraging for native edible plants. Many of the plants we commonly see in the wild in the region have edible berries, leaves, flower …
SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017, 4 P.M.
In the Garden: Unlocking the secrets to successful gardening for all
“Everyone can grow a garden.” That will be the recurring theme for my columns throughout this year’s growing season. I strongly believe everyone should be able to successfully grow a …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 3 P.M.
Gardening: Annual symposium focuses on what’s happening in the soil
This year’s event features Mary Robson of Port Townsend, Washington, as the keynote speaker. Robson will be telling the story of how roots work with a little help from their …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017, 4:04 P.M.
Gardening: Cheerful primroses need extra care to thrive in Spokane gardens
Primroses are one of the earliest bloomers in the spring not far behind the early snowdrops, crocus and tulips.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 3:32 P.M.
Gardening: Too early to start seeds, but never too early to organize
You can start seeds in any space that can be kept at an even temperature of 60 to 70 degrees. This can be a basement room, the spare bedroom or …
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2017, 4:16 P.M.
Gardening: Upcoming classes cover urban livestock, community gardens, pruning and grafting
It’s winter and we aren’t going to see our gardens any time soon so here are some educational opportunities to take advantage of in the near future. To register for …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4, 2017, 10:31 A.M.
Inland Northwest’s eagles a wildlife success story
While the garden is hidden under snow, head to Lake Coeur d’Alene to see the bald eagles that come each winter to feast on spawned-out kokanee.
THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2016, 5:30 A.M.
Pat Munts: Garden design trending toward free-form and casual
As the sugar plums dance out of our heads and the holidays fade away, we gardeners are going to have to find something new to dream, scheme and plan for …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2016, 11:24 A.M.
Gardening: Cold may help kill off pests, but also plants
It’s been a long time since we had a good hard winter. We haven’t been this cold since 2010, and its barely past the solstice and the formal start of …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016
Last Sunday morning our pack of usually rowdy gray squirrels was hanging out in the backyard chasing each other up and down trees and around the yard defending their turf. …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 9:18 A.M.
Gardening: Search for the perfect fir at local tree farms
Recent snow and cold temperatures have kicked off the Great Tree Hunt for Christmas with style.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016
Gardening: Strategies for dealing with pine needles
By the looks of the pile of clean green material at the Valley Transfer Station last Saturday afternoon, some of you spent your holiday raking leaves and skipping the shopping …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016, 6 A.M.
Gardening: Cranberries in the spotlight on Thanksgiving table
Our Thanksgiving dinners are often all about tradition. Family traditions centered around whose recipe for the green bean casserole will be featured. Is it corn bread or bread stuffing? Do …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016
Gardening: Keep holiday blooms looking fresh
The holiday season is only a few days away. Here are a few tips for keeping your amaryllis, Christmas cacti and poinsettias looking their best for the holidays.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016
Gardening: Know when to prune to keep trees and shrubs healthy
With the end of the fall season comes the question of when is the best time to prune trees and shrubs. It’s not always a simple answer. There are as …
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 4:26 P.M.
Gardening: Record-breaking rain helps, but drought impacts still there
Wow, this has been a fall for the books. Just enough frost to turn the leaves, no winds to blow them off as of last Sunday, and lots of much-needed …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016
Gardening: California transplants found ways to work with critters in the garden
Bob and Pam Brown came north from California 10 years ago for the four seasons and a quiet life. They found what they were looking for on the site of …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2016
Gardening: Prepare your garden for winter storms
It looks like we dodged the windstorm last weekend. It changed course slightly and stayed further off the coast than predicted, thereby lessening the wind damage. While this one missed …
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2016
Pat Munts: Chemistry sparks change from green to fall colors
The change from green to the colorful shades of fall involves a little chemistry in the presence of cold weather and decreasing daylight as the sun moves past the fall …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016
Gardening: Crop rotation keeps garden healthier
Most gardeners are familiar with the fact that you don’t plant the same vegetable in the same spot year after year. This is called crop rotation and it is done …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016, 4 P.M.
In the Garden: Drip system need not be daunting
Adding a drip irrigation system to your existing sprinkler system can seem like a pretty daunting prospect. But think about the process you go through when undertaking any new project: …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016
Gardening: Later frosts mean more time to garden
There was a time not so long ago that our region didn’t have a fall gardening season. The frosts usually showed up by the middle of September and finished off …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016, 4 P.M.
In the Garden: Plant bulbs this fall for a colorful display next spring
With the growing season rapidly coming to a close, you might not want to hear there’s one extra task to do. However, this one will add color to your garden …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016
Gardening: Tilley mixes practical, whimsical elements in Lake Spokane yard
Gabriele Tilley’s garden style can be summed up as reduce, reuse and recycle. Her Lake Spokane garden is a wonderful collage of repurposed yard sale finds, castoff building materials and …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10, 2016, NOON
Geraniums can be stored, enjoyed again
Geraniums should be dug up before there is a frost. Unfortunately, they are typically at their best late in the season, so it feels odd pulling them up when they’re …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2016
Gardening: Harsh summers may be damaging lilacs
In our climate, lilacs are one of the tougher shrubs in the garden. They are drought tolerant (to a point) and need little fertilizer and little pruning beyond removing old …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3, 2016, 4 P.M.
In the Garden: Friends of Manito fall plant sale
In addition to the $5 bargains, the fall sale includes plants that attract pollinators and hummingbirds, have winter interest, evergreen foliage, berries, or flower heads that dry beautifully for arrangements. …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 3:32 P.M.
Gardening: Conditions right for powdery mildew to strike
The evenings are cooling and because we are still watering gardens, the evening humidity is rising. It’s the perfect recipe for the formation of powdery mildew on vegetables like lettuce, …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2016
Gardening: How to tell when it’s time to pick
One of the biggest questions I get is how to tell when a cantaloupe or a watermelon is ripe. It’s not easy to tell.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2016, 1:17 P.M.
Pat Munts: High heat leaves little hope for tomatoes this year; start planning uses for green crop
Don’t get me wrong folks. Normally I am a person who looks for the positive in everything. Being negative takes too much energy and really isn’t much fun in the …