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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 …


Tender trees, shrubs need relief from weighty snow, ice

I recently drove to Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. All along the road the trees were mantled in white that made them look like thin white candles. It was beautiful but …


Tender trees, shrubs need relief from weighty snow, ice

I recently drove to Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. All along the road the trees were mantled in white that made them look like thin white candles. It was beautiful but …


Garden network needs a catchy name

The weather wasn’t the only tough thing this year. The economy is still sending a lot of people to the Second Harvest Inland Northwest’s food bank system. On top of …


Garden network needs a catchy name

The weather wasn’t the only tough thing this year. The economy is still sending a lot of people to the Second Harvest Inland Northwest’s food bank system. On top of …


Greenery students find perfect poinsettias demand precision

Learning by doing is often said to be the best teacher of all. As I talked to this year’s greenhouse management students at Spokane Community College, that became obvious. Every …


Greenery students find perfect poinsettias demand precision

Learning by doing is often said to be the best teacher of all. As I talked to this year’s greenhouse management students at Spokane Community College, that became obvious. Every …


Controlling gophers requires changing garden techniques

Our wet fall seems to have brought out the gophers in full force. Their little mounds of dirt are everywhere. I say pocket gophers because most experts say we don’t …


Controlling gophers requires changing garden techniques

Our wet fall seems to have brought out the gophers in full force. Their little mounds of dirt are everywhere. I say pocket gophers because most experts say we don’t …


Autumn memories will get you to spring

Driving north of Spokane one day last week was a special treat. Everything was a blaze of fall color. The aspen and cottonwoods along the streams were torches of gold, …


Store garden’s bounty for taste of summer

Vegetable gardeners got lucky this fall. In spite of downright cold weather through most of the summer, we got just enough Indian summer to ripen up most of the garden …


Perfect conditions for mushrooms

This has been the year for mushrooms. Homeowners have had them popping up all over yards and gardens and have been flooding garden centers and the Master Gardener Plant Clinic …


Garden a memorial to beloved son

Little Theo loved life. He loved exploring his world and was just discovering the broader world when he died on his first birthday in early May this year. He left …


Garden a memorial to beloved son

Little Theo loved life. He loved exploring his world and was just discovering the broader world when he died on his first birthday in early May this year. He left …


Plant cover crops during fall to feed, weed plot for next year

For all practical purposes, we are coming to the end of the gardening season. The plants will go on until there is a killing frost, but we are losing so …


Planting cover crops could feed, weed plot for next year

For all practical purposes, we are coming to the end of the gardening season. The plants will go on until there is a killing frost, but we are losing so …


Add fall color to your garden with trees and shrubs

I was in Deer Park and Sandpoint last weekend to give some talks. Getting the chance to visit with folks about community gardens and beneficial insects was a lot of …


Add fall color to your garden with trees and shrubs

I was in Deer Park and Sandpoint last weekend to give some talks. Getting the chance to visit with folks about community gardens and beneficial insects was a lot of …


Green tomatoes take a little extra care

I hate to admit defeat, but I know a losing battle when I see one. I’m not much of a gardener to begin with and the weather this year was …


Nourish tomato roots with careful watering

What’s wrong with my tomato? This seems to be the most popular question asked of the WSU Master Gardeners in the past couple of weeks. Usually the question comes attached …


Nourish tomato roots with careful watering

What’s wrong with my tomato? This seems to be the most popular question asked of the WSU Master Gardeners in the past couple of weeks. Usually the question comes attached …


From bentgrass to tomatoes, readers ask good questions

I love this time of year. All of you are out there playing in the dirt, or trying to, and end up e-mailing lots of great questions that everyone is …


From bentgrass to tomatoes, readers ask good questions

I love this time of year. All of you are out there playing in the dirt, or trying to, and end up e-mailing lots of great questions that everyone is …


Plant some more crops now to harvest later this fall

This is going to be a challenging year for the vegetable garden. Everything is a couple of weeks behind because of the weather. It is going to take a long …


Water, fertilizer needed to get roses winter ready

Now that August has begun, it’s time to get roses ready for the fall and winter. Keep plants well watered. Check how deep the water is getting by digging a …