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  • Take steps now to protect your home from wildfire

    Next week is Wildfire Awareness Week in Washington. It is a reminder that in the Inland Northwest, it’s not if we have a wildfire; it’s when the next one happens. …


  • Do Your Part: Enjoy taste of homegrown foods

    Want to join the grow-your-own food movement but just don’t know where to start? Don’t fear. Spring is here and it’s the perfect time to start growing delicious foods right …


  • Get ready to plant squash, pumpkins

    It’s just about time to start planting warm-season crops in the vegetable garden. This includes beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and summer and winter squash. In this region, our average …


  • Hummingbird takes wing after riding out Spokane winter

    Annabelle, the Anna’s hummingbird that was caught in Spokane for the winter, and had adopted Sheryl and Jim Whites’ feeder, finally took off on April 1. When she did though, …


  • Cut-flower garden can add color, freshness without diminishing beds

    One of the nicest things about growing flowers is bringing them into our homes to enjoy. They add color, fragrance and a sense of freshness to any room. But sometimes …


  • Dig or use herbicide to control garden grasses

    The garden is coming alive! Green sprouts are popping up all over the place. Drat, a lot of them are shoots of grass in the middle of the perennial and …


  • Give your seedlings a healthy head start

    So you’ve started your plants from seed and have been lovingly tending them the past few weeks. Now what? Here in the Inland Northwest, the average last frost date is …


  • Compost adds heap of nutrients to raised-bed gardens

    Getting the right soil mix for your raised-bed garden can make all the difference in the success of your efforts. Raised-bed gardens have a lot of advantages. They raise the …


  • East Valley farm project makes changes for season

    The warmer temperatures are getting folks in the mood to get their hands dirty and start up their gardens. It’s no different at East Valley School District’s Farm to School …


  • Gardening: Save some space for these beauties

    Warning: I am going to tempt you with tales of stunning new plants. If your garden beds are full, please avert your eyes. Once again, plant breeders have been busily …


  • Let’s fill the food bank shelves again this year

    If gardening in the Inland Northwest has taught me anything it is that gardeners here are generous beyond belief. Case in point: Spokane and Inland Northwest gardeners donated 287,067 pounds …


  • Community gardens kick into gear

    There’s snow in the forecast. It’s rained more than it’s ever rained before during the month of March. It’s still a bit chilly out there, but crocuses are blooming and …


  • Tower knows the garden; his customers reap the rewards

    When Alan Tower says it’s easier to become a doctor than a gardener, he speaks from personal experience. Tower was Group Health Northwest’s director of behavioral health when, 15 years …


  • Cool-season crops can be stored through fall, winter

    We continue our discussion of cool-season vegetable crops today with a look at growing carrots and salad greens. Homegrown carrots tend to be sweeter and crispier than the ones we …


  • Exotic orchids can grow nicely even in Spokane

    Orchids have ignited passion in people for thousands of years. The search for them in the wild has taken expeditions to the far corners of the earth. Legal battles have …


  • Members of cabbage family popular during early season

    When we think about growing vegetables, crops like tomatoes, zucchini and green beans are probably the first that come to mind. They grow beautifully during the heat of the summer. …


  • WSU program for organics outgrows space

    Organic farmer Brad Jaeckel carries a razor-sharp, seven-inch blade and trowel with an exotically wicked name: the Hori-Hori. The Hori-Hori, “a pretty common tool,” is just one item in a …


  • First sign of spring might be pesky moss

    Slowly but surely life is returning to the landscape. But that green appearing in the lawn may be an unwelcome resident. Moss is often the first thing to green up. …


  • Soil, composting keys to successful gardening season

    Today’s topic can easily be summed up by this: If you take good care of the soil in your garden, it will take good care of your plants. Whether you …


  • Currants, gooseberries make comeback in landscapes

    Home landscapes aren’t just something pretty to look at these days. Many gardeners are planting fruit and berry bushes as well as vegetables among the petunias, roses and perennials. Two …


  • Time to try new varieties of veggies

    ‘Variety is the spice of life.” That old adage is certainly applicable to my vegetable garden where I enjoy trying new varieties. Over the years, I’ve tested new offerings against …


  • With care, primroses can be enjoyed every spring

    It seems we have made it through the winter without much garden damage for a change. We will probably get a few more dustings of snow, but the ground is …


  • Options are endless for growing fruits, veggies from seeds

    One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of gardening is starting your own plants from seed. The varieties of vegetables and flowers you can grow are endless. Seed-starting supplies …


  • Five months of fruit possible with right care

    Last week I talked about finding the right place for your backyard orchard. This week I want to talk about selecting and caring for the trees you put in it. …


  • Get ready to garden: It’s the perfect time to plan, dream

    Are you ready to talk about gardening? Chances are, you’ve been thinking about it for months, which is a benefit of our long winters: They give us the time to …


  • Plan carefully to enjoy the fruits of your backyard orchard

    With all the interest in growing backyard gardens it’s not surprising that people are also getting interested in creating backyard orchards. Planting a backyard orchard takes a little planning and …


  • Conservation district’s plants are zone smart

    Every year conservation districts around the state offer trees, shrubs and groundcovers to help rural landowners build shelter belts, develop wildlife habitat and reforest land to reduce soil erosion and …


  • Hardy hummingbird toughs out winter

    Jim and Sheryl White of Spokane Valley got a little busy this fall and didn’t think about taking their hummingbird feeder down until mid-October. Good thing, too. “We were sitting …


  • New plant hardiness map offers high-tech views

    On Jan. 25, the USDA Agricultural Research Service unveiled the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map to replace the 1990 map that has guided our selection of plants hardy enough to …


  • Colorful, tall and tough, perennial has Moxie

    The snows may have finally come but we are only a few weeks away from the new gardening season. The snow will add much needed soil moisture and protect our …