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In the Garden: Hoop houses and greenhouses help extend garden season

Over the years, I’ve been experimenting and pushing the envelope as much as possible in my quest to grow plants when common wisdom says otherwise. My two best tools are …


In the Garden: Renowned hybridizer works to make roses easy, even in cooler climates

On June 22, roses will be in the spotlight for the Spokane Rose Society’s 72nd annual rose show.


In the Garden: Expo gives gardeners time to learn, play, shop

When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for …


In the Garden: Melons need TLC to grow in the Inland Northwest

While many Inland Northwest gardeners think our season is too short for growing melons, let me reassure you that it’s very doable if you give the plants a little extra …


Raised bed gardening workshop will highlight benefits, offer how-to tips

Susan Mulvihill, garden columnist for The Spokesman-Review, will hold a workshop on raised-bed gardening on Saturday.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …


In the Garden: Bountiful harvests come from small city lot

Residing on a city lot in northwest Spokane, this couple has 14 bountiful raised beds and enjoys sharing their excess produce – and gardening skills – with their community.


In the Garden: Well-timed pruning helps boost tomato harvest

In my garden, I have learned a lot over the years about what I can do to ensure the best possible harvest – and it all starts from day one.


In the Garden: Versatile succulents gaining popularity

Succulents are truly the darlings of the horticultural world. With their wide variation in leaf colors and types, they have soared in popularity in recent years. They are frequently potted …


In the garden: McElroy encourages making plan, but not being married to it

If you’re a fan of the Saturday morning “Garden Report” on KHQ-TV, you know that Master Gardener Julie McElroy is a frequent guest of reporter Matt Rogers. During the segments, …


Glorious gardens: Spokane group tours some of England’s most majestic grounds

Leading 28 people on a tour of English gardens might sound like a daunting task. And it could have been, except that I had a lot of factors in my …


In the Garden: Spouses compete for precious garden space

I never should have taken my husband, Bill, to hear Ciscoe Morris speak.


In the Garden: Not time to plant, but it is time to plan

It feels like the winter months are moving at a glacial pace. While all of us are anxious to head out to the garden and get down to business, there …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

Gardening columnist, travel expert to discuss planned England garden tour

A gardening writer and a travel agent plan a garden tour in England, and want to take others with them next spring.


In the Garden: Doctor has just the prescription for growing peppers

Jim Gaddy may have retired as a family practice doctor three years ago, but his caregiving skills are still apparent in his vegetable garden.


In the Garden: A love of gardening is a legacy worth passing from generation to the next

When I was a little girl growing up in Southern California, I spent time every summer at my maternal grandmother’s home. Grandmother Emma lived in Pasadena and became a widow …


In the Garden: A guide to help you know when it’s the right time to harvest

For many vegetable crops, picking them while they’re young and tender is the key. Winter squash, however, should stay on the vine as long as possible.


In the Garden: Home visit with breathtaking views of Austin roses

David Austin Roses display gardens, an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, covers about 2 acres. The gardens are divided into separate “rooms” surrounded by brick walls or clipped hedges. In addition to …


In the Garden: Annual Expo aims to educate local gardeners

Billed as “the show for gardeners put on by gardeners,” the annual Garden Expo will be hosted by The Inland Empire Gardeners in and around the Spokane Community College Lair …


In the Garden: Compost is the answer to so many gardening challenges

If you have sandy soil, compost will add texture to keep water from running right through it. With clay soil, compost breaks up the sticky soil particles to improve drainage …


Hoop house gets year-round use

Last fall, my husband and I built a small hoop house, which is a plastic-covered greenhouse. Its primary purpose was for growing cold-tolerant vegetable crops through the winter months. Since …


Traps, sprays help keep fruit free of pests, chemicals

Several years ago, my husband and I started growing our tree fruits organically because we wanted to avoid using chemicals. Bill and I grow plum, cherry, apple and pear trees. …


Backyard oasis

If you live on a city lot and think you have no room for a garden, think again. I recently had the pleasure of strolling through Randy Palmer’s garden, and …


Cultivating community

Carol Bryan’s front-yard garden stands out on her block in Peaceful Valley. Even though it’s on a small lot, it is overflowing with colorful plants. “My passion is flowers and …


In the Garden: Easygoing daylillies provide color, cheer almost anywhere

While I grow a wide variety of interesting perennials, I must admit the toughest ones are my favorites. I’m talking about coneflowers, Shasta daisies, sedums, black-eyed Susans and, especially, daylilies. …


In the Garden: Contain tomatoes, not excitement

It should come as no surprise that tomatoes are the most-planted crop in vegetable gardens. If you have a small garden, or perhaps no growing space at all, that doesn’t …


Heirloom seeds bear benefits of history

When perusing seed catalogs or seed displays, we often see the terms “hybrid,” “open-pollinated” and “heirloom.” It’s important to understand what they mean. Hybrids are produced by cross-pollinating two plants …


Raised beds keep garden tidy, give roots room to thrive

In 1981, I read an article that significantly impacted the way I had been growing vegetables. The topic was raised-bed gardening, which I’d never heard of, but it sure sounded …


In the Garden: Welcoming good bugs will help oust pests

How do you approach insect control in your garden? Recently, I read a book that has me rethinking what I have been doing for years. In “Attracting Beneficial Bugs to …


In the Garden: Seed catalogs offer fruit, veggie varieties

One of my favorite winter pastimes is curling up next to the fire with a stack of seed catalogs. I particularly enjoy reading about the newest vegetable varieties because it’s …