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It’s time to deck garden with hummingbird feeders

Sometime in the next week or so I expect to hear the distinctive buzz of hummingbirds as they return for the summer. It’s time to hang out the feeders. The …


It’s time to uncover, prune roses

How many cartoons have you seen where the family is on vacation and the kids can’t stop asking “are we there yet, are we there yet?” Such has been the …


Take your garden’s soil temperature before planting

With the coming of spring, seed packets are flying off the shelves of the garden stores. Now that you have your little packets of gold and all the things to …


Take garden’s soil temperature before planting

With the coming of spring, seed packets are flying off the shelves of the garden stores. Now that you have your little packets of gold and all the things to …


Fruit trees can flourish here with proper care

Now that spring isn’t far off, fruit trees will soon be appearing in local garden centers. Here are a few points to consider when picking out and growing trees. Northeast …


Some plants, gardens not waiting for spring

To paraphrase the real estate adage; it’s all about microclimate, microclimate, microclimate. Experts aren’t willing to say this is a record warm winter, but there are signs that the plants …


Some plants, gardens not waiting for spring

To paraphrase the real estate adage; it’s all about microclimate, microclimate, microclimate. Experts aren’t willing to say this is a record warm winter, but there are signs that the plants …


Feeders, heated water welcome winter birds

‘Get your shoes and camera.” This was our morning greeting as the kids barreled into the house over the Thanksgiving weekend.


Feeders, heated water welcome winter birds

‘Get your shoes and camera.” This was our morning greeting as the kids barreled into the house over the Thanksgiving weekend.


A big thanks to local growers and those who support them

This weekend we are gathering around tables laden with food surrounded by family and friends. It’s a time to share memories, laugh, look back and to the future. It hasn’t …


A big thanks to local growers and those who support them

This weekend we are gathering around tables laden with food surrounded by family and friends. It’s a time to share memories, laugh, look back and to the future. It hasn’t …


Right plants help bees with winter preparations

I’ve been having a bit of fun this summer. With the help of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association I installed a honeybee hive in my yard this spring. It’s been …


As summer gets hotter, spider mites attack plants

The aphids caught a lot of gardeners off guard this year. Fool me once, shame on the bug – fool me twice, shame on me. As we head into the …


Banner year for aphids and their trappings

Our cool spring has been perfect for aphids this year. As a result they are showing up on all kinds of perennials, shrubs and trees. There are literally dozens of …


Banner year for aphids and their trappings

Our cool spring has been perfect for aphids this year. As a result they are showing up on all kinds of perennials, shrubs and trees. There are literally dozens of …


Banner year for aphids

Our cool spring has been perfect for aphids this year. As a result they are showing up on all kinds of perennials, shrubs and trees. There are literally dozens of …


Plant a Row benefits food banks

The hot trend this year is definitely vegetable gardening. Vegetable starts and seeds are flying off the shelves at plant sales and garden stores. By August, Spokane is going to …


Plant a Row benefits food banks

The hot trend this year is definitely vegetable gardening. Vegetable starts and seeds are flying off the shelves at plant sales and garden stores. By August, Spokane is going to …


Plant a Row benefits food banks

The hot trend this year is definitely vegetable gardening. Vegetable starts and seeds are flying off the shelves at plant sales and garden stores. By August, Spokane is going to …


Moss lends grass wrong kind of green

Yes! The lawn is finally turning green. Winter is over and the grass is coming up. Wait a minute. That’s funny looking grass. Rats, it’s moss. Even our wild winter …


Moss lends grass wrong kind of green

Yes! The lawn is finally turning green. Winter is over and the grass is coming up. Wait a minute. That’s funny looking grass. Rats, it’s moss. Even our wild winter …


Moss lends grass wrong kind of green

Yes! The lawn is finally turning green. Winter is over and the grass is coming up. Wait a minute. That’s funny looking grass. Rats, it’s moss. Even our wild winter …


Folk remedies aren’t always best for garden

Now that it is spring, gardeners are beginning to think about how to improve their gardens, save money or make less work for themselves. The subject of folk remedies for …


Folk remedies aren’t always best for garden

Now that it is spring, gardeners are beginning to think about how to improve their gardens, save money or make less work for themselves. The subject of folk remedies for …


Folk remedies aren’t always best for garden

Now that it is spring, gardeners are beginning to think about how to improve their gardens, save money or make less work for themselves. The subject of folk remedies for …


Time to get seeds under the lights

We are only six weeks away from our supposed last frost date of May 15. For many gardeners that means it’s time to start vegetable and flower seeds indoors. There’s …


Spring prime time to plant fruit trees

Does the idea of walking out in your backyard and picking a tree-ripened peach, apple or cherry sound appealing? Spring is the best time to plant fruit trees. Here are …


Wait to dig limbs, branches out of snow

It was pretty at first but that Cascade concrete now covering our gardens is hiding a major problem; broken and smashed shrubs and small trees that we won’t know about …


Wait to dig limbs, branches out of snow

It was pretty at first but that Cascade concrete now covering our gardens is hiding a major problem; broken and smashed shrubs and small trees that we won’t know about …


Year brings many reasons to give thanks

The long slow slide into fall this year gave me time to think as I finished my chores. I realized that there was much to be thankful this year. First, …