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In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty, birds, bees and butterflies to the garden

While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors …


In the Garden: Blueberries provide a delicious harvest, plus beauty in the landscape

I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered …


In the Garden: Mind your peas and onions, and other tips for starting cool-season crops

You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?


In the Garden: With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point

With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point


In the Garden: Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium offers gardeners a chance to dig into learning

After enduring a winter that began innocently enough but has been pretty harsh in the past several weeks, we gardeners deserve a break. We also need a little inspiration and …


In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …


In the Garden: The weather outside may be frightful, but spring will come. Eventually.

The first day of spring is just 24 days away. Gardeners across the Inland Northwest are busily organizing their seeds, drawing up plans and dreaming of that first ripe tomato. …


In the Garden: Use lessons from harvest to plow into planning for next year’s garden

With the end of the garden season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how this year’s garden performed. Two challenges were high temperatures and hazardous air quality from regional …


In the Garden: Digging up variety for spring blooms

Warning: while purchasing spring-flowering bulbs is great fun this time of year, remember that you have you dig a hole for every one of them.


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 …