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Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gardening: Never underestimate Spokane’s fickle spring weather

Knowing when and what to plant in the Inland Northwest, Pat Munts relies on her 40 years of experience in Spokane’s fickle spring weather.


Gardening: SpokaneScape program offers rebates for lawn-free, water-efficient front yards

The city’s SpokaneScape program will pay you to remove lawn in a front yard and help you design a new, water-wise landscape.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:49 p.m.

Gardening: Consider growing plants with colorful leaves in shade

Last week I talked about getting rid of moss in shady areas. That resulted in questions about how to get some color in shady areas of the garden. Dark green …


Gardening: Change soil conditions and bid adieu to moss-colonized lawn

Now that the grass is growing, the question of the week seems to be how to get rid of moss in the lawn.


Gardening: Careful moving of mother-in-law’s treasured rose, step by step

I have to move a very special rose this spring.


Gardening: Time to aerate, fertilize and spot treat weeds to revive lawn

It’s time to get a jump on lawn care before it gets away from us.


Gardening: Start next season’s pollinator meadow now

Planting a pollinator meadow begins in the spring and will take a year to ensure a growing field that will sustain important insects and animals.


Gardening: Hot peppers tricky, but worth a try, Pat Munts says

Growing really hot peppers seems to be a trend, gardening columnist Pat Munts writes.


Gardening: Daffodils signal spring is coming

Spring is out there somewhere. I caught a glimpse of it during a layover in Wales on my way back from Africa. It was wonderful.


Gardening: Blueberriy, elderberry, serviceberry plants do well in Inland Northwest

If you’ve joined the berry and fruit tree growing trend, Pat Munts offers some tips on getting good yields.


Gardening: Climate control: Start veggie seeds indoors

Starting your own vegetable seeds indoors is a great way to save some money and grow varieties you can’t find in the garden centers.


Gardening: ‘Good quality potting mix’ is soilless, sterile and drains well

What is “good quality potting mix”?


Gardening: Spokane Edible Tree Project’s workshop series gets tree owners ready for annual gleaning

The Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned over 100,000 pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries from Spokane backyard trees since its inception in 2013. The Tree Project …


Gardening: Start spring cleaning now to eradicate houseplant insects

It’s time to check your houseplants for unwanted visitors. The plants have been somewhat dormant for the last couple of months but with the increasing light, they will soon be …


Gardening: Mild winter brings unlikely visitors – Anna’s hummingbirds

Just to show you how mild a winter we have had so far, I had my first garden tour of the year last Sunday with a little twist. Michael Loundagin, …


Gardening: Beekeeping conference at EWU will offer latest on bee science and conservation

Beekeeping has become a very popular hobby in our region and beyond in the last few years. Beekeeping classes fill quickly, and several new beekeeping clubs have popped up in …


Gardening: Classes might be welcome break from winter blues

The holidays are over and the reality of winter – what there is of it – is settling in. Cabin fever for gardeners will be setting in soon so here …


Gardening: Tackle early garden chores amid mild winter

I can’t remember the last time I spent a whole weekend in January digging in the garden. But that’s what I did last weekend and it was wonderful!


Gardening: Winter provides time for planning gardens, outdoor areas

Happy New Year, everyone. So here we are looking at a brand-new year and as always lots of new ideas for gardening. Winter is a great time to check them …


Gardening: Weed out overly generalized seed catalogs

The rush of Christmas is over. For many gardeners this means the real winter has settled, and it’s time to haul out the stack of reading material that has been …


Gardening: Songbirds quiet, but bald eagles continue to soar

Our neighborhood communication app was buzzing this past week with people wondering where all the winter resident songbirds have gone. Feeders around the Painted Hills and Ponderosa neighborhoods have been …


Gardening: During winter’s approach, squirrels are still on the move

As the cold settled in this weekend, not much was stirring around our garden. The resident deer herd was nowhere to be seen. A few birds could be heard but …


Gardening: Mower can be integral in seasonal leaf removal

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Today we will celebrate with family and friends around a table with more calories than we deserve. So how do we burn those off before they become …


Gardening: Keep your houseplants alive this winter

Winter’s gentle teaser last week is a good reminder that our gardening has moved indoors for the next few months. Here are some tips to keep plants alive and happy. …


Gardening: Planting amaryllis now and enjoy yule blooms, Pat Munts writes

The holiday season may seem to be a bit far off but now is the time to plant amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus so they will be ready for the holidays.


Gardening: Frost, fewer daylight hours trigger flora’s fall beauty

We are having a spectacular fall. Just enough frost to turn the leaves. No wind or rain to knock them off yet and bright sunny days to enjoy all the …


Gardening: How-to guide for storing season’s harvest

So, how do you store all of this fall bounty. It’s not hard if you pay attention to a few simple guidelines, Pat Munts writes.


Gardening: National dahlia judge receives September Garden of the Month award

Claudia Biggs, a national dahlia judge, has received the September Garden of the Month award for her dahlia garden.


Gardening: Pruning: Is this the right time?

The big question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now is when to prune what.


Gardening: As it grows cold, consider row covering, mulching and harvesting

Our gardening season is winding down.