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Gardening: From 2015 windstorm to whimsical landscape – July garden of month earns perfect 10s

Sometimes good things happen when trees come crashing down in a garden. Such is the case for Russ and Sara Weaver-Lundberg.

Gardening: Preserve your harvest for winter months

What do you do when you have more tomatoes, beans, corn, peppers, squash, eggplant, peas or cabbage than you can eat in a few days? Preserve it for the long …

Gardening: Deep watering paramount during heat of summer

In some ways the stretch of recent cooler weather has been great for the gardens. Plants have stayed in bloom a little longer, and with the timely rains, it hasn’t …

Gardening: Dragonflies have abundance of skills

Dragonflies seem to be everywhere this spring.

Gardening: Garden of the Month contest marks 20 years

For over 20 years, the Inland Empire Gardeners has been celebrating gardeners and their gardens. Each month except December, it brings exciting speakers from all over the country to talk …

Gardening: Potted plants need mix of science and art

My husband’s Mother’s Day gift to me was to just turn me loose in the garden to play. I had a great time planting my deck pots. Yes, I know …

UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 3:53 p.m.

Gardening: Radishes – the gardening answer while we wait for warmth

While gardeners wait to plant tomatoes, they can plant radishes that will be ready to harvest mid-June.

Gardening: Serviceberry is staple of springtime

It’s hard to miss nature’s celebration of spring on the hills and along the rivers of the Inland Northwest.

Gardening: Soil quality is key for optimal growing

To grow pretty and tasty plants, we must first tend to the soil properly.

UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Gardening: Bulbs take center stage in spring

The snow drops are up and blooming. Tulip and daffodil leaves are poking out of the ground testing the weather before they really start growing.

Gardening: If itching to get in the dirt, check out Cabin Fever event

Could it be that the cold and snow are behind us? My garlic is poking its heads out of the winter’s protective mulch. Several people have said that tulips and …

UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Gardening: Phyllis Stephens retiring after decades as Spokane’s foremost gardening authority

Pat Munts pays tribute to longtime gardening guru and TV personality Phyllis Stephens, who is retiring after over 30 years of sharing her knowledge with residents of the Inland Northwest …

Gardening: Covered garden beds will add grow time and protection from cold weather

Remember I said a couple of weeks ago that winter isn’t over until winter is over? I rest my case.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Gardening: Artichoke, husk tomato in March planting plan

My desk is covered with seed packets at the moment. Our recent spate of warm weather got me fired up to order my seeds for the spring.

Gardening: Time for early garden chores, Pat Munts writes

With a break in the weather that has thawed the ground, we can get done some early garden chores, Pat Munts writes.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Gardening: Inland Northwest Food Network workshop will offer lessons about saving seeds, Pat Munts writes

Seed School in a Day workshop March 3 will teach how to save your own seed.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Gardening: Consider length of local growing season when choosing seeds

When planning the garden you want to grow, consider the length of our growing season before making your seed choices, Pat Munts writes. Local garden centers offer many types of …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 12:20 a.m.

Gardening: Biochar, seed swap, Seattle show offer fun learning

It must be time to take advantage of some fun learning opportunities around the Inland Northwest and beyond.

Gardening: Keep dormant houseplants healthy in winter

Yesterday was National Houseplant Day. Given the sloppy, icy, rainy and overall gray conditions outdoors, we could use a celebration of green in our lives right now.

Gardening: Good time to start thinking of acquiring holly plants, Munts writes

As I was shoveling last week’s snow, the Christmas carol “The Holly and the Ivy” got stuck in my head.

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.