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  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 13, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 9, 2015

    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. …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2015

    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. …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2015

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, FEB. 1, 2015

    Local plant-lovers have gardening covered

    Pat Munts’ earliest gardening memories involve her grandmother. “I remember standing in my grandmother’s garden surrounded by tomato plants taller than me,” she said.


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014

    In the Garden: Backyard oasis

    When Lynn Meyers first told me about her unusual garden, I was intrigued. “The challenging part is that I have no backyard, only a giant multi-level deck with built-in planters …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014

    In the Garden: Good summer for vegetables

    It’s time for a report on how my vegetable garden is performing this summer. Heat-loving crops like tomatoes, peppers and squash have really been enjoying our extended heat wave. This …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 17, 2014

    In the Garden: Ornamental grasses add winter interest

    It may seem cruel talking about the colder months of the year in the middle of August, but it’s an important time in the garden. Some of the most varied …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014

    In the Garden: Knowing culprit keeps tomato problems in check

    How are your tomato plants growing? If you’re having troubles with them, or have in the past, you’re not alone. As a Spokane County Master Gardener, I answer a lot …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2014

    In the Garden: Fundraiser benefits Mirror Pond

    Over the past 23 years, volunteers with the nonprofit The Friends of Manito have raised nearly $700,000 toward the group’s mission of helping preserve and improve Manito Park. They are …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

    In the Garden: Roses keep giving all summer long

    Peggy Jeremiah knows roses. A Master Gardener since 2008, she is comfortable saying that roses are her area of expertise. After all, there are 138 of them growing in her …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014

    For pots with impact, go for thrill, fill and spill

    To create an eye-catching container full of annuals, you need a thriller, a filler and a spiller. But what does that mean, and which plants make stunning choices? Thrillers are …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

    Ideas, inspiration abound at Garden Expo

    Do you enjoy gardening? Are you shopping for something special for Mom? Are you looking for a fun activity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014

    In the Garden: Tango celery excels in short season

    When it comes to growing veggies and flowers, I love trying new things. Last year, celery was a new crop that performed well for me. I’m growing it again this …


  • SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

    In the Garden: Trellises transform look of fence

    It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that’s indeed the case, I’ve paid a big compliment to north Spokane gardener Julie Nesbitt. While wandering through …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

    Get early start with spinach, chard

    Two cool-season crops that are a staple in my garden each year are Swiss chard and spinach. I use them in soups, casseroles and salads, and steamed with butter and …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

    In the Garden: For onion success, opt for long-day types

    If you use onions in your cooking as much as I do, it pays to grow your own. Onions are an easy-to-grow cool-season crop. You can start them from seeds, …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

    In the Garden: Annuals add color after perennials are through

    I love perennials because they come up reliably year after year. But annual flowers put on a colorful show in my garden, often long before, and after, each perennial’s blooming …


  • SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

    In the Garden: Explore seed catalogs for veggie varieties

    I’ve been creating an awful lot of work for our amiable postal carrier and UPS delivery guy lately. For the past three months, they have been delivering stacks of seed …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 8, 2013

    White-flowering plants light up the night

    Two years ago, I wrote about Master Gardener Rose Jacobus and her large garden in southwest Spokane County. One of her newest projects was designing and planting a moon garden. …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 1, 2013

    Friends of Manito look to dazzle with new colors

    Whenever I walk through my garden, there are a lot of plants that really stand out. So many of them have come from past Friends of Manito plant sales, and …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 25, 2013

    A deer-resistant, drought-tolerant hummingbird haven

    Janice Sather was a frustrated gardener while living in Alaska. The short growing season and temperature extremes made it awfully hard to pursue her love of plants. When she and …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 18, 2013

    In the Garden: Be prepared when insects invade

    There sure are a lot of insects out there. While some of them are the good guys, many apparently think you planted a garden just for them. What’s a gardener …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 11, 2013

    Northland Rosarium owner found inspiration abroad for her gardens

    When you hear the words “English garden,” many pictures come to mind. After all, we Americans have been fascinated with them for centuries. Carol Newcomb has been to England twice …


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