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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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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: …


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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Backyard oasis

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 …


Cultivating community

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 …


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. …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Raised beds keep garden tidy, give roots room to thrive

In 1981, I read an article that significantly impacted the way I had been growing vegetables. The topic was raised-bed gardening, which I’d never heard of, but it sure sounded …


In the Garden: Seed catalogs offer fruit, veggie varieties

One of my favorite winter pastimes is curling up next to the fire with a stack of seed catalogs. I particularly enjoy reading about the newest vegetable varieties because it’s …


In the Garden: Backyard oasis

When Lynn Meyers first told me about her unusual garden, I was intrigued. “The challenging part is that I have no backyard, only a giant multi-level deck with built-in planters …


Kickoff to gardening season: Ready, Set, Plant!

Thank heavens for gardening. In addition to being a delightful, rewarding pastime, planning for the coming season is what gets us all through our long winters. I’ve certainly been thinking …