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Cold means you still have time to plant trees

Well, we broke a dubious weather record last Sunday. April 24 was the latest we have ever experienced a 60-degree day for the first time in the spring. The old …


Birches thrive in shade near water or wet areas

It’s hard to beat the beautiful white bark of the European weeping birch tree. But as popular as they are, birch trees are not easy to grow in the Inland …


Birches need shade, adequate water

It’s hard to beat the beautiful white bark of the European weeping birch tree. But as popular as they are, birch trees are not easy to grow in the Inland …


Get native plants into your garden now

Now is the best time of year to plant native plants in your garden or into areas you want to naturalize. In general, native plants often come as very small …


Get native plants into your garden now

Now is the best time of year to plant native plants in your garden or into areas you want to naturalize. In general, native plants often come as very small …


SCC’s first Floral and Garden Show today

Green grass made an appearance in my backyard last weekend. My cat is in seventh heaven because he finally has something to nibble on. The snow drops are blooming and …


Flower show Saturday at SCC

Green grass made an appearance in my backyard this weekend. My cat is in seventh heaven because he finally has something to nibble on. The snow drops are blooming and …


Early spring best time to plant cool vegetables

The soil temperature in my garlic patch registered 38 degrees last weekend when I pulled the winter’s mulch off the bed. While the pale garlic tops looked pretty pathetic, the …


Gardening: Care with strawberries can really pay off

When the first strawberries get ripe it is a treasure hunt to find the sweet bites of pure spring hidden under the leaves. It is a taste the grocery store …


Gardening: Care with strawberries can really pay off

When the first strawberries get ripe it is a treasure hunt to find the sweet bites of pure spring hidden under the leaves. It is a taste the grocery store …


Spray horticultural oils now to reduce insects, diseases

Over the past two weeks we have been talking about pruning ornamental and fruit bearing shrubs and trees. The last step in getting them ready for spring is applying horticultural …


Prune berries, fruit trees to ensure season’s bounty

Looking forward to juicy raspberries and blackberries? How about apples, pears and peaches? Now is the time to get out and prepare the fruit-bearing shrubs and trees for spring. There …


Spray horticultural oils now to reduce insects, diseases

Over the past two weeks we have been talking about pruning ornamental and fruit bearing shrubs and trees. The last step in getting them ready for spring is applying horticultural …


Prune your berries, fruit trees to ensure season’s bounty

Looking forward to juicy raspberries and blackberries? How about apples, pears and peaches? Now is the time to get out and prepare the fruit-bearing shrubs and trees for spring. There …


Pruning limbs, shrubs requires some study

The ground is still frozen at least six inches down and probably won’t thaw for a few more weeks. In spite of that little detail, there are jobs you can …


Pruning limbs requires some study

The ground is still frozen at least six inches down and probably won’t thaw for a few more weeks. In spite of that little detail, there are jobs you can …


Proposed garden in Grant Park enters planning phase

About 30 people showed up to get their hands in the dirt at a recent planning meeting for a proposed community garden in Grant Park in Spokane’s South Perry neighborhood. …


Dwarf fruit trees offer options for small yard

Let’s face it; having a small yard isn’t very amenable to growing your own fruit trees. Or so some people think and then miss out on growing their own tree …


Dwarf fruit trees offer options for small yard

Let’s face it; having a small yard isn’t very amenable to growing your own fruit trees. Or so some people think and then miss out on growing their own tree …


Proposed garden in Grant Park enters planning phase

About 30 people showed up to get their hands in the dirt at a Saturday planning meeting for a proposed community garden in Grant Park. The community garden would be …


Community gardens nurture more than crops

It is amazing what a few days of sunshine and reasonable temperatures can do to bring gardeners out of wherever they have been holed up for the winter. One of …


Permeable pavers keep stormwater runoff off streets

Come the end of July, there is nothing better than relaxing on the patio after a hot summer’s day. The steak was done to perfection and there are still a …


Cure spring fever with workshops

OK, we are over the January hump. February usually doesn’t bring nasty storms (never say never, though). It only takes so much time to order seeds and dig out the …


Cure spring fever with gardening workshops

OK, we are over the January hump. February usually doesn’t bring nasty storms (never say never, though). It only takes so much time to order seeds and dig out the …


Winter good time to tend indoors

Looks like the weather experts weren’t too far off on their prognostications of a snowy winter. Only time will tell how much we really get. One thing is clear though; …


Winter good time to tend indoors

Looks like the weather experts weren’t too far off on their prognostications of a snowy winter. Only time will tell how much we really get. One thing is clear though; …


Reminder: Don’t feed wildlife, enjoy them from afar

The view from my office window is almost always entertaining. We have bird feeders nearby that are busy all the time. There is a major deer trail that runs through …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools and seeds needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools and seeds needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …