Stories tagged: In the Garden
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, noon
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.
Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 1 p.m.
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.
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 1 p.m.
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 …
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, noon
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.
UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:56 p.m.
In the Garden: Beth Mort of Zinnia Designs helps people grow productive gardens
Beth Mort has been around gardening for as long as she can remember. Not only does she enjoy growing bountiful gardens, but teaching others how to do this as well.
Sat., July 22, 2017, noon
In the Garden: CdA Garden Tour features a visit to the Hagadone estate on Casco Bay
The 20th annual Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour features a visit to the Hagadone estate on Casco Bay.
Sat., July 15, 2017, 3 p.m.
In the Garden: Don’t forget to add fragrance
A garden should be a sight to behold, with plenty of color, chirping birds and butterflies flitting about. But that picture isn’t complete without having some lovely fragrances to enjoy …
Sat., July 8, 2017, 1 p.m.
In the Garden: Home visit with breathtaking views of Austin roses
David Austin Roses display gardens, an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, covers about 2 acres. The gardens are divided into separate “rooms” surrounded by brick walls or clipped hedges. In addition to …
Sat., June 24, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Best weeding tools are your fingers, but mulching and other things can help
Don’t let weeds develop flowers because seeds will quickly follow and then you’ve really got trouble. I wouldn’t recommend putting weeds that have flowered into compost piles since most piles …
Sat., June 17, 2017, 12:15 p.m.
In the Garden: Learn about roses at Spokane Rose Society’s annual show
The next time you visit Rose Hill in Manito Park, take a moment to remember and appreciate the Spokane Rose Society. After all, Rose Hill wouldn’t be the magnificent garden …
Sat., June 10, 2017, noon
In the Garden: Annual Spokane in Bloom tour features North Side gardens
Garden tour season officially begins this month. First up is Saturday’s Spokane in Bloom tour, hosted by the Inland Empire Gardeners. This year’s spotlight is on six inspiring gardens on …
Sat., May 13, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
In the Garden: Even a small spot can yield big and tasty results
I’ve set aside a 3-by-8-foot raised bed in my garden to illustrate how this is possible. Yes, just 24 square feet will produce a bounty of flavorful vegetables. I have …
Sat., April 29, 2017, noon
In the Garden: After choosing right container, think thriller, filler, spiller
Whenever I visit a garden, I’m always drawn to artfully planted containers. It doesn’t matter whether they’re filled with flowers or vegetables, a pleasing combination really inspires me.
Sat., April 22, 2017, 9 a.m.
Get plants, advice at garden fair
The Spokane County Master Gardener program is an important resource in our community. They staff a plant clinic from March through October, where they answer the public’s gardening questions. They …
Sat., April 15, 2017, 3 p.m.
In the Garden: Trees give so much, including beauty, clean air, sustenance
Have you ever stopped to think about the trees planted in our parks, along city streets and in our backyards? While they are an important aspect of the environment around …
Sat., April 8, 2017, 1:50 p.m.
In the Garden: Compost is the answer to so many gardening challenges
If you have sandy soil, compost will add texture to keep water from running right through it. With clay soil, compost breaks up the sticky soil particles to improve drainage …
Sat., March 25, 2017, 2 p.m.
In the Garden: Pruning not that difficult, if you allow the plant to guide you
After what seemed like the longest winter in history, it’s wonderful to finally be done with the snow. Now that it’s gone, there’s no escaping the many outdoor projects that …
Sat., March 18, 2017, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty and pollinators to the garden
This year, I’ll be growing a small cutting garden right in the middle of my vegetable garden. Cut flowers are often a blend of perennials, bulbs and annuals, but I’m …
Sat., 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: …
Sat., July 16, 2016, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: Wacky weather causing confusion for crops
Heat-loving crops such as peppers, eggplants, artichokes and tomatoes haven’t exactly cared for the frequent returns to chilly weather, following our short spells of high temperatures. And who can blame …
Sat., May 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Save water by paying attention to soil, plant needs
As much as I’ve been enjoying these beautiful, sunny days, our unseasonably high temperatures are a little alarming. While I don’t have a crystal ball to predict this summer’s weather, …
Sat., May 7, 2016, 4 p.m.
In the Garden: Remove or reduce your lawn for easier gardening
Having a lawn is an awful lot of work: They require mowing, watering, fertilizing and keeping on top of those pesky dandelions. Yet we can’t imagine not having a lawn …
Sun., March 20, 2016
Red, blue, purple crops add color to the garden, health to the body
Anthocyanins are naturally occurring pigments that give flowers and plant foliage their purple, red or blue hues. They are part of the flavonoids, which are a class of plant compounds …
Sun., Sept. 13, 2015
Hoop house gets year-round use
Last fall, my husband and I built a small hoop house, which is a plastic-covered greenhouse. Its primary purpose was for growing cold-tolerant vegetable crops through the winter months. Since …
Sun., July 26, 2015
If you live on a city lot and think you have no room for a garden, think again. I recently had the pleasure of strolling through Randy Palmer’s garden, and …
Sun., June 21, 2015
Carol Bryan’s front-yard garden stands out on her block in Peaceful Valley. Even though it’s on a small lot, it is overflowing with colorful plants. “My passion is flowers and …
Sun., June 7, 2015
In the Garden: Easygoing daylillies provide color, cheer almost anywhere
While I grow a wide variety of interesting perennials, I must admit the toughest ones are my favorites. I’m talking about coneflowers, Shasta daisies, sedums, black-eyed Susans and, especially, daylilies. …
Sun., May 17, 2015
In the Garden: Contain tomatoes, not excitement
It should come as no surprise that tomatoes are the most-planted crop in vegetable gardens. If you have a small garden, or perhaps no growing space at all, that doesn’t …
Sun., April 12, 2015
Working smart keeps body happy
Gardening benefits us in many ways. We get to reap delicious fruits and vegetables, it brings us peace and it’s a great way to burn some calories. Unfortunately, it can …
Sun., April 5, 2015
Heirloom seeds bear benefits of history
When perusing seed catalogs or seed displays, we often see the terms “hybrid,” “open-pollinated” and “heirloom.” It’s important to understand what they mean. Hybrids are produced by cross-pollinating two plants …