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Austrian peas can enrich soil

I have four large maple trees in my yard. Several years ago I had them trimmed. I rented a chipper and chipped the limbs on the garden and tilled them …


Plant bulbs now for flashy spring

Want color next spring to brighten your dull, winter-trashed garden? Now is the time to plant spring bulbs. Tulips are one the most popular bulbs because they come in such …


School time equals playtime

A reader called me the other day to celebrate. “I’m ready to get back out in the world,” she said with a laugh. “I need to have some fun.”


Dexter DuPont

In a fog of grief, Dexter DuPont moved to Spokane. Devastated by the death last winter of his wife, the 72-year-old former actor packed his belongings into a 17-foot trailer …


Spokane firm lets the sun shine in

“It’ll be a nice contrast to the chicken wire,” architect Sam Nystrom says, gazing two stories up at the unfinished ceiling of his new design firm in downtown Spokane. Nystrom, …


It’s never too early to be thinking green

Kids these days. They’ve got the weight of the world – and the atmosphere – on their shoulders. When it comes to environmental issues, they’re caught between conflicting tensions, says …


Sales rep finds dream job

A basketball buddy helped Kyle McFarlane get his work-at-home gig five years ago. He had recently been married and wanted a job with more flexibility. McFarlane wasn’t looking specifically to …


Resistant turfs fend off necrotic ring

Is there a way to control necrotic ring (not fairy ring) in my yard short of digging it out and starting over? Kathy Arbuckle,


Commuter steers away from fuel costs

Each weekday Fred Anderson makes the 100-mile round trip trek from his condo in downtown Spokane to his job in Newport, Wash. For most people, the commute wouldn’t be worth …


Cushing’s can sneak up on your dog

Is your old dog drinking a lot of water and panting all the time? Does he have a thin coat? Maybe he is overweight with a potbelly. These signs are …


Divide and conquer your perennials

Summer’s heat is gone. We’ve had a bit of rain that has perked up the gardens. The fall garden season is upon us. One of the major jobs is dividing …


Horn presents mystery of note

When he was just a toddler in 1944, Allen Gifford picked up his great-great grandfather’s brass cornet and put it to his lips. The moment was captured in a photograph. …


Heat took toll on zucchini plants

Last year, our zucchini did real well. Like many people, we couldn’t harvest them fast enough. This year, our zucchini plant looks great and is putting out a lot of …


Let your lawn renovation begin

What a summer. When it got hot in July, I was not looking forward to it being hot all the way to Labor Day. Not when we were trying to …


Taking renewal into their own hands

A new cafe specializing in gourmet tea might seem out of place among Spokane’s ubiquitous java huts and espresso stands. But a tea house amidst the dilapidated buildings and vacant …


They dropped serious cash

When the Antiques Roadshow was in town, I spent several hours at the convention center on the set of the Public Television show. I talked with people who were waiting …


Rufus and Sheila Hoefer

After moving 24 times during their marriage, retired Lt. Col. Rufus Hoefer gave his wife, Sheila, the option of moving anywhere she wanted from their last home in San Antonio, …


Local artisans strut their stuff for HGTV

Earlier this summer a crew from Home and Garden Television was in town filming local artists for “That’s Clever,” a how-to, step-by-step show which airs locally Monday through Friday. The …


Feline leukemia cases decline

The good news about the Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is now that kittens are routinely tested for it and vaccinated against it, the virus has declined in prevalance. FeLV is …


Local growers make a difference

For Don and LaVerle McCandless, growing vegetables is an important part of life. Every year they coax tomatoes, zucchini, beans, cabbage, carrots and a dozen other vegetables out of their …


Linda Dellens

As a teenager, Linda Dellens learned compassion while volunteering for the Special Olympics. “I remember so distinctly going to the Special Olympics events and seeing kids with bigger problems than …


Welcome Home!

If you ask me, any space ought to be designed to include a place for stopping and dropping. I don’t mean the television room – a place to plant yourself …


School bells have familiar ring

Ask any school-age child how many days of summer vacation are left and they’ll all give you the same answer: Not enough. August is waning, and the new school year …


Splashy mosaic gives pool new life

The varicolored greens of a tropical sea teeming with aquatic life make a brilliant backsplash to Jan and Tim Taylor’s backyard pool. Jan Taylor, a watercolor artist and retired business …


Coastal memories live on

I’m going to miss the sea this year. For a lot of reasons, some more practical than others, I’m not going to the seashore any time soon.


Lona and Ken Holm

As a child, Lona Holm rode horses along a five-mile stretch of state highway near Edgewood in Puget Sound. At most, she’d see one, maybe two, cars. “Now, it’s bumper-to-bumper …


A touch of the homeland

Viktoria Bruens has lived in a tiny house in Spokane for more than 30 years. She loves Spokane because the climate reminds her of where she grew up near the …


Dog ears merit close attention

Your dog is scratching her ears, tilting her head, or shying away when you go to pat her on the head. You look at her ears and notice one is …


Time to break up iris to ensure beautiful blooms

In early June the irises put on their annual show. Their bold flowers in nearly every color of the rainbow are the mainstays of the summer garden. And now is …


Some real finds didn’t make trip to Roadshow

More than 6,000 people may have made the trip to the Antiques Roadshow on Saturday, but there are plenty of people around the area who didn’t make it. And they …