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In the Garden: Go beyond tulips for beautiful bulbs

I have a confession to make. Even though bulbs are probably the last thing I need more of in my garden, I just can’t help myself. Bulb catalogs and garden center displays do this to me every time: Whenever I spot something new and unusual, it goes into my cart.

In the Garden: Work to provide sanctuary for birds pays off

There’s a baby boom going on in our garden right now. Birds of all kinds are starting to reveal what they’ve been up to for the past few weeks. Mountain chickadee babies are out and about begging for food from Mom and Dad.

In the Garden: Spice up your garden with culinary herbs

Culinary herbs are the easiest edible plants you can grow. With no known insect or disease problems, they are a breeze to grow. Herbs add such a flavorful dimension to all kinds of dishes. If you plant them right outside your door, they’ll become an integral part of your cooking.

In the Garden: The best-tasting tomatoes are grown at home

I think it’s safe to say the tomato is everyone’s favorite veggie to grow. Try as they might, grocery stores just can’t offer us fully ripened, flavorful tomatoes. As a result, we gardeners crave them through the fall and winter months and put them at the top of our planting list.

In the Garden: Warm season crops as cool as a cucumber

With the month of May just around the corner, it’s time to think about growing warm season crops in the garden. In the Inland Northwest, it’s usually safe to plant them after May 15, although one should always keep a close eye on the weather forecasts.

In the Garden: How to grow onions

It seems like no matter which savory dish I make, onions always play a prominent role. They are easy to grow, so let’s take a look at how to have the best results with them.

In the Garden: Annuals add delightful color all season long

Flowers are one of the most delightful aspects of a garden. The sheer variety of blossom colors, plant heights and leaf shapes is mindboggling. Some have pleasant fragrances, which adds another dimension to the experience. It’s fascinating to watch butterflies and other insects that visit them, as well.