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Friday, January 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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


Gardening with Pat Munts: Talk looks at impact of drought, fire on the region

Fire and drought have shaped this region for thousands of years. Native Americans used fire to clear areas to hunt and to foster the growth of food plants. Water availability …


Time to turn off the sprinklers, weed, divide and conquer

Take advantage of sunny, warm days to get more garden chores out of the way.


Gardening with Pat Munts: Summer heat delivers rich sweet potatoes

Raised bed and other tricks to warm soil helped yield a 36-pound harvest.


Gardening: Sullivan-area garden earns Holm September honor

Ellie Mae Holm’s garden is a blazingly bright landscape of annuals, perennials and vegetables. The Inland Empire Gardeners names it the September Garden of the Month.


Making compost is easier than you think

There is a special reason to make compost this fall. This is the International Year of the Soil, a yearlong international celebration and awareness campaign to highlight the importance of …


Couple’s garden featured in 2016 Spokane in Bloom tour

Those of us who garden know the joy and peace of being in the garden after a long day. There is nothing like plunging your hands into warm earth, picking …


Pumpkins, ripe early, need special care

This week’s column is a collection of observations and random trivia collected from my circle of gardening buddies. • Are your pumpkins turning orange already? You aren’t alone. Our record-breaking …


Short bluegrass cuts down on mowing

Jacklin Seed of Post Falls has just released a new variety of bluegrass turf called My Holiday Lawn that matures at a much shorter height than conventional bluegrass and therefore …


Lush landscape blooms like jewel box of colors

Sitting in Jim Berger’s cool backyard in northwest Spokane on a recent hot afternoon was a little bit of heaven. Everywhere you looked, a jewel box of color was thriving …


Gardening: Late summer brings plenty of chores

Oh the joys of the late summer garden. The sunflowers are in their full glory, the Russian sage and salvias are providing the bees with pollen and nectar. The roses …


Tomato plants will need help beating the upcoming heat

Our vegetable gardens are happy to see the cooler weather of the last week or so. Hot weather higher than 85 to 90 degrees delays fruit set and puts a …


Euphorbia has irritating drawback

A few plants in our gardens come with “gifts” that can cause irritation to skin and worse in eyes, nose and mouth. Recently a reader contacted me after she had …


Gardening: Step by step, she’s meshed garden and home

When Helen Hansen first looked at her current house on Spokane’s South Hill, it was dark with few windows but did have a nice garden. She bid on it, but …


Steps to keep lawn alive in heat

Last week I talked about a bunch of pesky lawn insects that survived the winter. This week I am going to talk about caring for your lawn in our record …


Pat Munts: Certain larvae infest summer lawns

Have brown patches in your lawn? You may be a victim of a lawn insect infestation helped along by the mild winter. Adult crane flies resemble large mosquitoes and generally …


Pat Munts: Grafted vegetables full of possibilities

Reading seed catalogs can be dangerous. Like most gardeners, I easily fall prey to a few of their enticing offerings each year. This year, however, I fell hard for a …


Gardening: Beneficial bugs and right plants part of pest management

The garden season is in full swing and that means one thing: The bugs, weeds and plant diseases will be out in force. Fortunately, the era of reaching for the …


Gardening: Don’t let the heat fool you; hold off on planting

Hang on a minute folks. By the way the tomato plants were flying out of the WSU Spokane County Master Gardener Garden Fair last Saturday you’d think the vegetable gardening …


Gardening: Conifers an example of warm weather’s lasting damage to plants

In some ways it was nice to have a mild winter. The ground thawed out early and some of us got a jump on the gardening season. However this doesn’t …


Pat Munts: Asparagus grows well in weed-free site

Growing your own asparagus takes some patience, space and time. Asparagus plants are grown from year-old roots called crowns that are readily available at garden centers this time of the …


Pat Munts: Growing strawberries easy with preparation

It is heartening to see bins of fresh strawberry plants in the nurseries right now. This means by mid-June, gardeners should be eating fresh, sweet-tart berries. My favorite method is …


Better gardening can start in the classroom

There are a number of gardening classes and events coming up in the area between now and mid-May. First, the Washington State University Spokane County Master Gardeners are wrapping up …