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Gardening: How to banish pesky fairy rings from your yard

After last week’s column I got several requests for the method to get rid of fairy rings; so here is Mushrooms 2.0. Save this column for next spring as that is when fairy rings usually come out. This method is going to seem tedious, but it works.

Gardening: Mushrooms pop up after recent rain

It’s amazing what cooler weather and some rain will do in a garden. Lawns have greened up, perennials have sent out another flush of flowers and tomatoes set on a bunch more fruits. The weather and the rain also brought out the annual crop of fall mushrooms in our lawns and garden beds.

Off the grid: Good dogs versus the wildlife

Freya the Brown Dog is a legend among domesticated canines. She is the kind of Very Good Dog whose purpose in life is primarily to serve her steward by being good. And sometimes by rolling in bear or coyote scat, or eating deer carcass until she rolls home like a drunkard, dazed and swollen.

Gardening: Learn when to pick fruits, vegetables

For the next three or four weeks all of us who grow vegetables and fruit are going to be playing tag with Mother Nature when it comes to getting our harvesting in before frost.

Friday Night (High)lights: Five takeaways from Week 2 football action

Welcome to the first weekly installment of a new feature we’re calling “Friday Night (High)lights” – an obvious play on words to the famous book, movie and TV show. It’ll be a look back at the high school football action from across the Greater Spokane League, Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

Off the Grid: Raising future conservationists and other hopes

I knew something was off in the first mile of our climb. I had a big breakfast in preparation of a lengthy summit, but I was well into my snacks before breaking the tree-line, and still feeling wobbly. I assumed the mosquitos had drained too much of my blood supply.

Off the Grid: The man-eating spiders of Costa Rica

I have spent very little time in the jungle, possibly because accessing one requires international travel, but largely because they are home to insect life I prefer to pretend is make-believe.