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Struggle with houseplants? Give African violets a try

While it’s true that I have quite a few houseplants, it’s fair to say that my strengths lie in growing plants outdoors. Give me a vegetable plant or a perennial …


Grafted tomatoes prove worthy of diverse climates

Gardeners love to grow their own tomatoes. But here in the Inland Northwest, that can be a challenge. Since there are about 120 frost-free days in our growing season, we …


In the Garden: Avoid pesticides to help protect pollinators

If you sit quietly in the middle of your garden, you will witness an incredible amount of activity. I’m not talking about other people in your garden, but rather, the …


In the Garden: Organic cherries aren’t for the birds

I have to admit it did look a little odd. There, on one end of our orchard, were three cherry trees wrapped with giant white covers that made them look …


Raised garden beds bring ease to planting and harvesting

Talk about your fast learners. In February 2011, Ann Windham attended a class I taught on raised-bed gardening and another one on drip-irrigation systems. A few months later, she sent …


Growing beans over an arbor pays big dividends

It’s time for an update on how my vegetable garden is doing. The plants didn’t get off to the best of starts because of cool temperatures in May and June …


Fencing, chimes keep deer at bay

Today’s topic is a sensitive subject for many gardeners: How to deal with deer in the garden. It’s mighty hard to enjoy your favorite outdoor activity when there are big …


Post Falls couple’s pristine garden will dazzle on tour

Post Falls residents Bob and Diane Hoffman make a great team. They know the secret to creating a beautiful garden is to appreciate each other’s talents and have fun while …


Water features are easy, soothing additions to gardens

The dog days of summer are fast approaching. That’s the time when we seek out the shade and any means of keeping cool. Wouldn’t the sound of a bubbling, splashing …


Whichever the type, plant now and enjoy berries often

Fresh berries are a delightful summertime treat. Whether strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries are your favorites, you’ll be happy to hear they’re all quite easy to grow. All types of …


Whitings’ yard promises to shine during garden tour

The beautiful home that sits at 803 E. Highland View Court on Spokane’s South Side has a secret. A big secret. Sure, the well-manicured front yard has many attractive, colorful …


Gardening: A peony for your thoughts

Don’t you just love the parade of flowers that we are treated to in the spring? First there were crocuses, daffodils and tulips. Then flowering crabapples, cherries, plums and pears …


Give your seedlings a healthy head start

So you’ve started your plants from seed and have been lovingly tending them the past few weeks. Now what? Here in the Inland Northwest, the average last frost date is …