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Susan Mulvihill
Susan Mulvihill

Susan Mulvihill is a freelance gardening columnist for the Today section.

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Feb. 22, 2020, 10:21 p.m.
Gardening is a learning process. If things don’t go according to plan, we take notes, do a little research and remember that there’s always next year. Last year, many Inland Northwest gardeners were inundated with earwigs that caused a lot of damage. I had the same problem.

Feb. 1, 2020, 2 p.m.
Who enjoys doing fun DIY projects? And what if those projects involved gardening in the dead of winter? Today’s topic is winter sowing, and I’ll bet you will want to get started as soon as you’ve finished reading this. If you haven’t heard of winter sowing before, it seems like it’s all the rage these days. I’ve heard about it on podcasts, watched videos and read social media posts extolling the virtues of this unusual technique.

Jan. 4, 2020, 2 p.m.
Now that the holiday season is behind us, gardeners can focus their attention on planning this year’s garden. If you’re like me, you’ve had a steady stream of catalogs arriving in your mailbox. Now is the perfect time to find out what’s new while taking stock of what’s left of your seed collection from last year. The average shelf life for vegetable seeds is listed in the information box. It refers to the period of time when you can expect good germination (sprouting) rates. These are general guidelines since some seeds are viable for a lot longer than we give them credit.

Nov. 30, 2019, noon
Strolling through your yard looking for potential materials is half the fun. Greenery from conifers such as pines, firs, spruce, yews and junipers makes an excellent base for wreaths and swags.