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Susan Mulvihill
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Susan Mulvihill inthegarden@live.com

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


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June 30, 2018, 11 a.m.
It seems ironic that we gardeners are in a constant battle with plants that grow too prolifically in our gardens while babying others that apparently would rather grow anywhere else.

June 23, 2018, 1 p.m.
Wandering through all of these areas was an adventure because one never knew what would be around the corner or through an opening in the many clipped yew hedges.

June 16, 2018, noon
June is the month when roses are at their peak in area gardens. This beautiful flower will be celebrated in two very special ways this week.

June 9, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Going on a garden tour is such an enjoyable activity. It’s a unique opportunity to share the joy of gardening with other like-minded folks while taking home ideas to use in our own gardens.

June 2, 2018, noon
The best way to have a healthy, productive garden is by attracting pollinators.

May 26, 2018, noon
While it’s fun watching deer, observing them up close in your garden or dealing with the consequences of one of their visits is a whole different story. In the Inland Northwest, many gardeners deal with deer on a regular basis and find it very frustrating.

May 19, 2018, noon
When we gardeners lay out our vegetable or flower beds, we often limit ourselves to the ground at our feet. But vertical space is plentiful and should be considered as a way to maximize our gardens.

May 12, 2018, 11 a.m.
Because they are indigenous to this area, native plants are ideal for our conditions.

May 5, 2018, noon
The theme is “Garden Fiesta: Let’s Party!” and if there’s one thing Inland Empire Gardeners has demonstrated over the years, they know how to put on a great party.

April 28, 2018, noon
Cathi Lamoreux says it is important plan ahead in order to continue gardening at any age. “Folks should start thinking about this from the get-go,” she said. “We should always have a plan B and a plan C, but we don’t.”

April 21, 2018, noon
Gardeners know spring has truly arrived when local plant sales start taking place. Two of the largest sales will kick off the season next weekend when both the Spokane County Master Gardeners and the Associated Garden Clubs of Spokane hold their annual offerings of wonderful plants. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Master Gardeners will host their Garden Fair & Plant Sale in and around the Spokane County Extension building, located at 222 N. Havana St. Visitors will find a wide range of perennials, vegetable and herb plant starts, berries, dahlias and ornamental grasses – all grown by Master Gardeners. Vendors will also offer perennials, native plants, garden art and jewelry. There will be information booths on topics such as gardening for life and sensory gardening.

April 14, 2018, noon
As spring unfolds in my garden, I’m treated to dozens of delightful surprises in the form of spring-blooming bulbs. These flowers are my reward for making it through what has seemed like the longest winter of my life.

April 7, 2018, noon
Organic gardener want to avoid using chemicals for dealing with troublesome insects. Fortunately, when it comes to the insect world, the bad guys are in the minority – of all the insects out there, 99 percent of them are either beneficial or benign.

March 31, 2018, 8 a.m.
Next weekend, the Spokane Orchid Society will put on their annual Orchid Show & Sale at the Spokane Community College Lair and it’s a sure thing attendees will swoon over the hundreds of amazing orchids on display.

March 24, 2018, 11:15 a.m.
“It’s something of a myth that pruning needs to be done every year,” said Tim Kohlhauff of the WSU/Spokane County Extension. “It should only be done if it accomplishes a goal you have for the plant. Mature trees often go several years between pruning while newly planted trees and shrubs don’t require pruning until they are established in two to three years.”

March 17, 2018, noon
I never should have taken my husband, Bill, to hear Ciscoe Morris speak.

March 10, 2018, midnight
Do you ever feel like the insect world is out to get your garden? While it can sometimes seem that way, there are many strategies you can employ to grow a healthy, productive garden without chemicals.

March 3, 2018, midnight
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 are a few pre-season considerations worth discussing.

Feb. 24, 2018, 1:30 p.m.
Throughout this winter, I’ve been feeling a deep sense of gratitude for the delicious food last year’s garden has given us. We were able to line our pantry with jars of jam, applesauce, tomato sauce and salsa, cucumber relish and cherries for pies. In the basement, we stored butternut squash, onions, garlic and the last of the tomatoes for use in yummy dishes.

Sept. 30, 2017, 1 p.m.
In her final column of the growing season, Susan Mulvhill reflects on what worked in her garden in 2017.

Sept. 23, 2017, noon
While it’s true we gardeners like everything to be tidy at the end of the growing season, you can see there’s a very good reason for leaving plants with seed-filled flower heads where they grew this summer. In addition to coneflowers, some of the best ones are bee balm, black-eyed Susan, lavender, globe thistle and sunflower.

Sept. 16, 2017, 1 p.m.
Who says you can’t grow vegetables year-round in the Inland Northwest? While it’s true we have a frost-free season of about 120 days, that doesn’t mean there aren’t options for continuing to put fresh, healthy produce on your table – even in January.

Sept. 9, 2017, noon
Jim Gaddy may have retired as a family practice doctor three years ago, but his caregiving skills are still apparent in his vegetable garden.

Sept. 2, 2017, 8 a.m.
The arrival of September means three things: kids are headed back to school, we can expect beautiful days and cooler nights, and – most importantly of all – gardeners will be flocking to the Friends of Manito fall plant sale. Scheduled for Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the sale will be located just east of the Gaiser Conservatory in Spokane’s Manito Park. Plant sale manager Janis Saiki is very choosy when it comes to the plants she and her army of dedicated volunteers offer at the sale.

Aug. 26, 2017, noon
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 at an early age.