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Susan Mulvihill
Susan Mulvihill

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

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May 11, 2019, noon
If you plant bean seeds with the little scar, or belly button, facing downward, they will sprout easily. While this might seem like a tedious extra step, it has made a huge difference in the germination rate of my seeds.

May 4, 2019, midnight
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 success.

April 27, 2019, noon
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 TLC.

April 20, 2019, 2 p.m.
You know it’s officially spring when plant sales start cropping up around town. Two big sales are scheduled for next weekend and the purchases you make at each will benefit the community. The Spokane County Master Gardeners’ annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale is April 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be held in and around the Spokane County Extension building located at 222 N. Havana St.

April 13, 2019, midnight
While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors and shapes.

April 6, 2019, 11 a.m.
I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered with cream-colored flowers that bumblebees clamor over to get their sweet nectar. Those flowers are followed by green berries that gradually turn blue in July. Come fall, all eyes are on the leaves as they transform from green to a vibrant red.

March 30, 2019, 1 p.m.
You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?

March 23, 2019, 1 p.m.
With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point

March 16, 2019, noon
After enduring a winter that began innocently enough but has been pretty harsh in the past several weeks, we gardeners deserve a break. We also need a little inspiration and education so we can make the most of this year’s garden season. What better way to accomplish that than by attending the 10th annual Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium?

March 9, 2019, midnight
What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up earlier in the spring, allowing extending the growing season.

March 2, 2019, 4 p.m.
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 gardening will become a lifelong passion for them.

Feb. 24, 2019, midnight
The first day of spring is just 24 days away. Gardeners across the Inland Northwest are busily organizing their seeds, drawing up plans and dreaming of that first ripe tomato. Every year, I keep careful notes of how my vegetable garden performed and what I intend to do differently. The beauty of having a garden journal is it helps me remember details that would otherwise be forgotten. I also enjoy learning new things from other gardeners.

Oct. 6, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
With the end of the garden season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how this year’s garden performed. Two challenges were high temperatures and hazardous air quality from regional wildfires. While I feel the latter especially impacted the growth of many of our vegetable crops, there were plenty of high points worth sharing.

Sept. 29, 2018, 1 p.m.
Warning: while purchasing spring-flowering bulbs is great fun this time of year, remember that you have you dig a hole for every one of them.

Sept. 22, 2018, midnight
New York Times best-selling authorthe Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County’s fall banquet on Oct. 11.

Sept. 15, 2018, 10 a.m.
When passers-by slow down time and again to look at a garden, you know it’s special. But what makes this one extra special is that it’s an artist’s garden.

Sept. 8, 2018, noon
Heinz has been “seriously gardening” for about eight years and has mostly learned through trial and error and from a lot of reading.

Sept. 1, 2018, noon
Watching hummingbirds zip from flower to flower fills us with wonder and admiration. Adding their favorite plants to our gardens is the easiest way to attract them.

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Aug. 25, 2018, 11 a.m.
“Enabling” gardens allow anyone to get outside and dig in the dirt.

Aug. 18, 2018, 2 p.m.
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.

Aug. 11, 2018, 2 p.m.
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.

Aug. 4, 2018, 11 a.m.
While deer in the garden can be trying, there are other critters out there who can be destructive to your hard work: voles, gophers, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits.

July 28, 2018, noon
Over the years, I’ve let the seasons dictate when I grew a garden. I’d begin in early spring and put it to bed when the frosts arrived in the fall. In 2014, my routine changed after reading Eliot Coleman’s book, “The Winter Harvest Handbook.”

July 21, 2018, 1 p.m.
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 up in eye-catching combinations to dress up a deck, potting table or even indoor living spaces.

July 14, 2018, noon
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, she dispenses information on all aspects of gardening.