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In the Garden: Going vegan helps cultivate a green thumb

Heinz has been “seriously gardening” for about eight years and has mostly learned through trial and error and from a lot of reading.


In the Garden: Find hummingbirds’ favorite perennials at Friends of Manito Plant Sale

Watching hummingbirds zip from flower to flower fills us with wonder and admiration. Adding their favorite plants to our gardens is the easiest way to attract them.


In the Garden: Enabling Garden offers ideas for accessible gardening

“Enabling” gardens allow anyone to get outside and dig in the dirt.


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.


In the Garden: Well-timed pruning helps boost tomato harvest

In my garden, I have learned a lot over the years about what I can do to ensure the best possible harvest – and it all starts from day one.


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.


In the Garden: Choose the right crops and covers for year-round gardening

Over the years, I’ve let the seasons dictate when I grew a garden. I’d begin in early spring and put it to bed when the frosts arrived in the fall. …


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 …


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, …


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.


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.


In the Garden: Spokane in Bloom tour features north side gardens

Going on a garden tour is such an enjoyable activity. It’s a unique opportunity to share the joy of gardening with other like-minded folks while taking home ideas to use …


In the Garden: Tricks to keep your garden from becoming a deer smorgasbord

While it’s fun watching deer, observing them up close in your garden or dealing with the consequences of one of their visits is a whole different story. In the Inland …


In the Garden: Expand your garden by growing up

When we gardeners lay out our vegetable or flower beds, we often limit ourselves to the ground at our feet. But vertical space is plentiful and should be considered as …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 1:31 p.m.

In the Garden: Native plants a natural fit for home landscapes

Because they are indigenous to this area, native plants are ideal for our conditions.


In the Garden: Annual Garden Expo back with classes, vendors and fun

The theme is “Garden Fiesta: Let’s Party!” and if there’s one thing Inland Empire Gardeners has demonstrated over the years, they know how to put on a great party.


In the Garden: With careful plotting, gardeners can stay active as they age

Cathi Lamoreux says it is important plan ahead in order to continue gardening at any age. “Folks should start thinking about this from the get-go,” she said. “We should always …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

In the garden: Largest area plant sales on the horizon

Gardeners know spring has truly arrived when local plant sales start taking place. Two of the largest sales will kick off the season next weekend when both the Spokane County …


In the garden: Spring-blooming bulbs brighten up the garden

As spring unfolds in my garden, I’m treated to dozens of delightful surprises in the form of spring-blooming bulbs. These flowers are my reward for making it through what has …


In the Garden: Give beneficial bugs a home in your garden

Organic gardener want to avoid using chemicals for dealing with troublesome insects. Fortunately, when it comes to the insect world, the bad guys are in the minority – of all …


In the garden: Pruning correctly helps keep trees and shrubs healthy

“It’s something of a myth that pruning needs to be done every year,” said Tim Kohlhauff of the WSU/Spokane County Extension. “It should only be done if it accomplishes a …


In the Garden: Spouses compete for precious garden space

I never should have taken my husband, Bill, to hear Ciscoe Morris speak.


In the Garden: Not time to plant, but it is time to plan

It feels like the winter months are moving at a glacial pace. While all of us are anxious to head out to the garden and get down to business, there …


In the Garden: As season wraps up, make notes for next year

In her final column of the growing season, Susan Mulvhill reflects on what worked in her garden in 2017.


In the Garden: Dead flowers can be feast for the birds this winter

While it’s true we gardeners like everything to be tidy at the end of the growing season, you can see there’s a very good reason for leaving plants with seed-filled …


In the Garden: Doctor has just the prescription for growing peppers

Jim Gaddy may have retired as a family practice doctor three years ago, but his caregiving skills are still apparent in his vegetable garden.


In the Garden: A guide to help you know when it’s the right time to harvest

For many vegetable crops, picking them while they’re young and tender is the key. Winter squash, however, should stay on the vine as long as possible.


In the Garden: Tips help homeowners transform existing landscapes

It’s fair to say that downsizing from 10 acres to a standard city lot would be an adjustment for anyone – but especially for two dedicated gardeners. Kurt Madison and …


In the Garden: Identify the pest before choosing the remedy

Gardening is such a delightful pastime that rewards us with fresh produce and beautiful flowers. When occasional problems crop up, they can dampen our enthusiasm.