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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

Gardening: Remove incentives for havoc-wreaking squirrels

Squirrels are the clowns of the garden. … They are also terrorists with tails.

Gardening: Potatoes went through a long journey to acceptance on our dinner tables

A Thanksgiving meal just isn’t complete without the mashed potatoes.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Gardening: SCC students will show off fruits of labor at annual Poinsettia Open House

Spokane Community College students Jamie Lucas and Jarred Reitan are part of the greenhouse management class that is raising poinsettias for the annual Poinsettia Open House Thursday and Friday at …

Gardening: Portrayal of America’s first professional botanist promises to be entertaining, illuminating

If you want to see a mesmerizing portrayal of the life and times of America’s first botanist, John Bartram, don’t miss Kirk R. Brown performance of “John Bartram Lives” at …

Gardening: Fall’s fiery brilliance can be preserved, enjoyed year-round

October is my favorite month of the year.

Gardening: Guest speaker at annual Master Gardener Foundation dinner will talk about the plight of native bees

Last summer I was lucky. I seemed to have more than a few bumblebees buzzing around my garden.

Gardening: Fall blooms bring final splash of color, insect food

With the arrival of cooler weather, many plants will begin to wind down and start to go dormant. There are a few that are only beginning their peak bloom and …

Gardening: How is your lawn faring during hot weather? These tips can help restore it to health

September is a great time to restore a lawn.

Gardening: Earwigs mostly helpful (don’t worry about your ears)

I am hearing rumors that earwigs have invaded gardens in the area. Take a deep breath: They are more of an annoyance than a destructive pest.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Gardening: Careful watering helps during grueling heat, Pat Munts says

Gardens and lawns need careful watering during the hot summer months. Here are some tips on how to ensure plants get enough water to survive the heat.

Gardening: From ‘empty slate,’ Painted Hills home’s landscape named July Garden of the Month

Since moving into their Painted Hills home in 2009, Carol and Peter McKenny have gone through more than a few deer-munching experiments as they developed their garden. After eight years …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Gardening: No green thumb needed for blueberries size of your thumb

I have heard from several gardeners in the last couple of weeks that they are harvesting blueberries the size of your thumb. We can thank all the water we got …

Gardening: Dragoon Creek homeowners create award-winning eclectic landscape

The Inland Empire Gardeners June Garden of the Month honorees are featured.

Gardening: Time to think about planting second crops

We are roaring right through the summer, and it looks like it might be a pretty good tomato year. It’s also time to think about what you can plant when …

Gardening: Pat Munts encourages gardeners to do their part to help threatened pollinators

Homeowners can turn their gardens into pollinator friendly oases

Gardening: Aphids leave imprints on Inland Northwest yard-scapes

Cool weather has allowed the soft-bodied sucking insect aphids to thrive and feed on perennials, shrubs and trees.

Gardening: Small space needs alternate garden, Pat Munts says

Like many of us, WSU Master Gardener Mia Marcum-McCoy is always looking for new ways to enjoy her garden and stretch her knowledge. A recent transplant to the South Perry …

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Gardening: Asparagus requires space, patience, Pat Munts writes

Spring is asparagus season. The tender green spears appear almost magically from bare ground in many places in the Inland Northwest, and not all of them are in backyard gardens.

Gardening: Backyard gardeners form network, with help from conservation district and WSU extension office

Imagine this if you will: You stop in a neighborhood on your way home from work and buy fresh vegetables and eggs from a small backyard market garden. You continue …

Gardening: Use plastic milk jugs, plastic sheets, tarps to protect tender plants from spring frost, Munts says

I know everyone is champing at the bit to get gardens planted but let’s consider this. It’s been a whacky spring, and we could still get a frost or two …

UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 12:08 p.m.

Gardening: Growing raspberries easy to do, Pat Munts writes

My absolute favorite early July treat is to take a carton of whipping cream to the garden in one hand and a raspberry harvesting bowl in the other. There is …

Gardening: Home-grown strawberries can’t be beat for delicious flavor, Pat Munts writes

The grocery ads have been teasing us for weeks with luscious pictures of strawberries. Sadly, these berries often have no flavor. To get berries with real flavor, you have to …

Gardening: It’s time to plant spring vegetables

Early-season vegetables need the cooler temperatures of spring and early fall to grow well. Once it starts getting hot the middle to end of June, they begin to fade away. …

SCRAPS: Bring in pets when wind chill hits, and give extra care to outdoor animals

As the temperature is expected to fall below zero and the wind picks up, the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service is reminding pet owners to take extra care of …

Pat Munts: Garden design trending toward free-form and casual

As the sugar plums dance out of our heads and the holidays fade away, we gardeners are going to have to find something new to dream, scheme and plan for …

Pat Munts: High heat leaves little hope for tomatoes this year; start planning uses for green crop

Don’t get me wrong folks. Normally I am a person who looks for the positive in everything. Being negative takes too much energy and really isn’t much fun in the …

Pat Munts: Upcoming plant sales offer choices, gardening tips, gift ideas

Over the next two weekends gardeners from across the region can check out the latest new introductions, check out some great garden art and learn the ins and outs of …

Community gardens more than just a place to grow plants

Vegetable planting season has just begun, but it’s definitely open season for renting a box in one of our area’s community gardens. An easy way to find a community garden …

Gardening with Pat Munts: Conifers show impact of drought

The prolonged dry weather taxed many trees’ ability to draw water from the soil and that in turn put them under stress which brought, and will continue to bring, insect …

Gardening with Pat Munts: Ketchup ‘n’ Fries not worth the price

Novelty plant grafted tomatoes and potatoes together, and neither part was very productive – even with extra care