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Recent Inland Northwest weather perfect for mushrooms

The long fall and recent rains have been perfect for mushrooms. They have been popping up everywhere. There are thousands of mushrooms, or technically fungi, found in nature. They have …


Gardening: Time for cleanup, mulching and composting

The temperatures have dropped enough that it is truly fall now. Cold enough that those last sort-of-red tomatoes aren’t going to get ripe without a little help of a warm …


Gardening: It’s time to think about winterizing your garden

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic has been getting questions about how to handle shrub and tree pruning, storing tender bulbs and protecting grafted tea roses as we move into late …


Award-winning garden theraputic for its owner

Jude Cormier has been a gardener for as long as she can remember. Growing up on a Montana ranch, she helped her family grow the vegetable garden that kept them …


Gardening: Careful strategy yields crop of Spokane sweet potatoes

Growing sweet potatoes in Spokane – everyone asks if it’s possible and the usual answer is no. Try telling that to two local WSU Master Gardeners. Phyllis Thayer, who lives …


It’s critical: Trees, plants need deep soakings

It’s the beginning of October and we’ve yet to see a good soaking rain. It’s been a long, hot, dry summer and the plants are showing the effects of it. …


Gardening: Cold snap a reminder to do fall maintenance

Our frosts a couple of weeks ago heralded an early end to the gardening season for some people in the area, especially those living in low spots where the cold …


Pat Munts: Stink bugs put fruit, vegetable crops at risk

Wanted: Dead or Alive; read the poster. A pretty strong statement coming from the Washington State University Master Gardeners. The flier was dead serious however. WSU is enlisting the Master …


Pat Munts: Stink bugs put fruit, vegetable crops at risk

Wanted: Dead or Alive; read the poster. A pretty strong statement coming from the Washington State University Master Gardeners. The flier was dead serious however. WSU is enlisting the Master …


Gardening: Garden showcases color, artist’s works

Driving into Sami Perry’s Chester Creek Estates home is like driving into an oasis from the dry, late summer forest south of Spokane Valley. You are greeted with a dynamic …


Pat Munts: Garden showcases color, artist’s works

Driving into Sami Perry’s Chester Creek Estates home is like driving into an oasis from the dry, late summer forest south of Spokane Valley. You are greeted with a dynamic …


Gardening: A challenging summer for tomato growers

The tomatoes, the most popular vegetable in the garden, are finally ripe. It’s time to make tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and BLTs. Getting tomatoes to this point this year came …


A challenging summer for tomato growers

The tomatoes, the most popular vegetable in the garden, are finally ripe. It’s time to make tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and BLTs. Getting tomatoes to this point this year came …


Pat Munts: Bees, birds and humans can all enjoy sunflowers

It’s sunflower season. It’s hard to miss the towering plants with their huge yellow to red flowers peeking over the tops of fences and making hedges at the edge of …


Pat Munts: Bees, birds, humans enjoy sunflowers

It’s sunflower season. It’s hard to miss the towering plants with their huge yellow to red flowers peeking over the tops of fences and making hedges at the edge of …


Gardening: July garden showcases the color purple

Connie Osier’s favorite color is purple. How do I know? It was pretty obvious when I drove up to her South Hill home for this interview for the July Garden …


Gardening: July garden showcases the color purple

Connie Osier’s favorite color is purple. How do I know? It was pretty obvious when I drove up to her South Hill home for this interview for the July Garden …


Pat Munts: Plenty of raspberry options available

The past two weeks have been a bit of heaven out in the garden. The raspberries are ripe. At my house that means after each picking there are large bowls …


Pat Munts: Plenty of raspberry options available

The past two weeks have been a bit of heaven out in the garden. The raspberries are ripe. At my house that means after each picking there are large bowls …


Gardening: Heat wave has upsides, but requires vigilance

Summer has arrived in the Inland Northwest with a vengeance. While the tomatoes, eggplant, squash and peppers love the heat, they don’t like the dryness. Neither does the rest of …


Gardening: Heat wave has upsides, but requires vigilance

Summer has arrived in the Inland Northwest with a vengeance. While the tomatoes, eggplant, squash and peppers love the heat, they don’t like the dryness. Neither does the rest of …


Pat Munts: Even seasoned gardeners can have crop failures

When, at the behest of a reader, I started focusing on beginning gardening topics this year, I never expected to write about this one. I am having multiple crop failures …


Pat Munts: Even seasoned gardeners can have crop failures

When, at the behest of a reader, I started focusing on beginning gardening topics this year, I never expected to write about this one. I am having multiple crop failures …


Gardening: Insecticide choices may have affect on bees

A little more than a year ago, upward of 50,000 bumblebees died while feeding on linden trees in Wilsonville, Oregon. The culprit? A spray company that applied a neonicotinoid-based spray …


Gardening: Insecticide choices may affect bees

A little more than a year ago, upward of 50,000 bumblebees died while feeding on linden trees in Wilsonville, Oregon. The culprit? A spray company that applied a neonicotinoid-based spray …


Gophers appearing in your garden?

There is more than spring flowers popping up in our gardens this year. Pocket gophers are busy pushing up their familiar mounds of dirt all over the place. Gophers get …


Pat Munts: Gophers appearing in your garden?

There is more than spring flowers popping up in our gardens this year. Pocket gophers are busy pushing up their familiar mounds of dirt all over the place. Gophers get …


Gardening: Hard work required to remove fairy rings from lawn

It’s been a bit dry this spring but not enough to stop fairy rings from popping in our lawns. Fairy ring mushrooms are the fruiting body created by any one …


Gardening: Hard work required to remove fairy rings from lawn

It’s been a bit dry this spring but not enough to stop fairy rings from popping in our lawns. Fairy ring mushrooms are the fruiting body created by any one …


Gardening: Master Gardeners are in on Saturdays

The Master Gardener Plant Clinic is adding Saturday hours. Through September, the clinic will be open 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through the end of September at the Washington State …