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Gardening: Keep your houseplants alive this winter

Winter’s gentle teaser last week is a good reminder that our gardening has moved indoors for the next few months. Here are some tips to keep plants alive and happy. …


Gardening: Planting amaryllis now and enjoy yule blooms, Pat Munts writes

The holiday season may seem to be a bit far off but now is the time to plant amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus so they will be ready for the holidays.


Gardening: Frost, fewer daylight hours trigger flora’s fall beauty

We are having a spectacular fall. Just enough frost to turn the leaves. No wind or rain to knock them off yet and bright sunny days to enjoy all the …


Gardening: How-to guide for storing season’s harvest

So, how do you store all of this fall bounty. It’s not hard if you pay attention to a few simple guidelines, Pat Munts writes.


Gardening: National dahlia judge receives September Garden of the Month award

Claudia Biggs, a national dahlia judge, has received the September Garden of the Month award for her dahlia garden.


Gardening: Pruning: Is this the right time?

The big question that seems to be on a lot of people’s minds right now is when to prune what.


Gardening: As it grows cold, consider row covering, mulching and harvesting

Our gardening season is winding down.


Gardening: It’s time to think about saving seeds from favorite vegetables, flowers, Pat Munts says

It’s time to think about saving seeds from your favorite vegetables and flowers.


Gardening: Spokane Valley resident Carmen Perkins’ acre patch is named August garden of month

Spokane Valley gardener Carmen Perkins has been recognized by the Inland Empire Gardeners. The group has named her garden the August garden of the month.


Gardening: Spokane Edible Tree Project helps homeowners to give to hunger relief groups

Do you havefruit trees you don’t have time or energy to care for and harvest? Do you feel guilty seeing the fruit go to waste? If so, help for caring …


Gardening: Cooler weather brings humidity, risk of powdery mildew

The weather appears to be cooling a bit. Temperatures are dropping from the 90s into the 80s and 70s this weekend with nights in the lower 50s. Throw in a …


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.