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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gardening: Growing techniques can curb problems

This is the second in a three-part series on organic gardening. Last week I talked about the importance of building your soil. This week I will talk about growing techniques that minimize weeds and disease and pest issues. Next week I’ll talk about selecting organic gardening products. Growing a thriving organic garden requires using integrated steps that take advantage of naturally occurring beneficial insects, plant and seed variety selection, crop rotation, weed management and cover cropping.

Gardening: If you can’t grow ’em, you can at least read about ’em

Native plants have become a big part of our gardening in the last decade and for good reason. Native plants provide habitat for insects, birds and other wildlife as well as reduce the amount of work and water needed to keep a garden looking good. However, information on how to identify them and then grow them well can be a little hard to find.

Front Porch: Put the apostrophe in its place

Having lain dormant for many months now, my inner Grammar Goddess feels the need to rise up and spread her wings in celebratory and protective guardian-angel mode, this time to pay homage to a fighter for truth, justice and the proper usage of the oft-maligned and misused apostrophe. Behold the hero: John Richards. A retired copy editor from Boston, Lincolnshire, England, in 2001 he created the Apostrophe Protection Society with the singular aim of preserving the correct usage of this much-abused punctuation mark. Richards announced earlier this month he is withdrawing from the public fight and closing his organization.

Gardening: Thanksgiving menu evolves over time

Later today many of us will sit down to a hardy meal of traditional Thanksgiving foods like turkey, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and green bean casserole.

Front Porch: Little cat feet bound in joyfully

I didn’t get much reading done this week. Every time I picked up a book, Sir Walter Scott scooted his head beneath it, and collapsed on my chest, obscuring the pages.

Eye on Boise: New school funding formula unveiled, lawmakers roll up sleeves

After three years of study, research, input and work, the Legislature’s interim committee that worked on a new approach to dividing Idaho’s school funding among schools across the state handed its work off to the House and Senate education committees last week, which now will take the lead on refining the final product.

Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the “suite of ordinances” passed at Monday’s City Council meeting as a first step in removing barriers to new multi-family and infill housing.

Faith and Values: Traditions, both constant and changing

The holidays have a way of being both joyous and wistful. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of spending Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. We usually celebrated it at my grandma’s house. She, my mom and my three aunts would prepare food in the kitchen, my uncles would sit in the living room watching football and I would go off and play with my cousins.