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Gardening: Here’s how to get your blueberry on

Blueberries have become a very popular fruit for home gardeners. In some health circles, they are considered a superfood because of their high levels of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C. …

Gardening: Get jump on spring chores

It looks like we just might get away with a mild winter. So, where do we go from here?

Gardening: Native bee species more effective

We’ve gotten through the holiday season and I’m beginning to hear people talk about spring. While the warmer weather is still a ways off, it is time to think about …

Gardening: What to do with broken branches, bent shrubs after all that wet, heavy snow

We aren’t used to the sloppy wet snow we got last week. Usually our snow is the dry, fluffy stuff that is easy to clear out. The wet stuff did …

Gardening: City farmers must be certified, follow ordinance

Over the last 10 years there has been a lot of interest across the country, including in Spokane, in keeping small livestock on city lots. People wanted to keep chickens …

Gardening: Organic pesticide can help as last resort

This is the third and last in a series of articles on organic gardening. I am going to end the series with a general discussion on organic pesticides.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

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 …

Gardening: Pat Munts’ primer on ‘organic gardening’

What does the term “organic gardening” really mean? It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot.

Gardening: Adapt garden tools and methods to aging’s aches and pains

For many of us who are serious gardeners, gardening is a lifetime passion.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Gardening: Use insecticidal soaps for plant’s good health

Now that the frozen ground and a light dusting of snow has shut down the outdoor gardening season, it’s time for the reading and study season we all wait for. …

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.

Gardening: Time to start compost pile, clean garden tools and put seeds in storage – winter is coming

Fall is winding down. Most of the leaves and needles have been picked up and the gardens cleaned out. I say most because last month’s hard freezes froze the leaves …

Gardening: Houseplants back in house after summer outing

Like many of you, I allow my houseplants to spend the warm summer on our deck. My collection includes a large jade plant, three equally large Christmas cacti and a …

Gardening: After fall garden chores are wrapped up, check out the SCC poinsettia sale Nov. 14-15

I’m not sure what to say about the weather we’ve been having or what November will turn out to be.

Gardening: Conditions just right for mushrooms

So I went to the dentist last week for a checkup.

Gardening: Recent heavy, wet snow downed trees and branches, stunted fall leaf colors

Don’t be a hero by trying to remove large or precariously balanced trees by yourself. Hire a reputable arborist even if it means waiting in line for them to get …

Gardening: Shadle garden selected September Garden of the Month

A good garden always has heart and a good story or two behind it. They can be world-famous estates designed by landscape architects or simple backyards with great stories. But …

Gardening Early fall is the perfect time to transplant

Early fall is a great time to pick up nursery bargains and transplant perennials and trees to give them a head start on spring.

Idea for South Hill community garden on city property sprouting nicely

A group of people is working to open a new community garden next to the Southside Senior and Community Center on land owned by the city of Spokane.

Gardening: Time for fall garden chores, garlic planting, too

By the time you read this the daytime temperatures will be headed into the 50s and the night into the mid- to low 30s. It’s time to pull out the …

In the Garden: Planting for the birds reaps many rewards

This summer, my husband, Bill, and I have been treated to some delightful interactions with the birds in our garden. We’ve enticed hummingbirds to sit on our fingers while they …

Gardening: Elizabeth Casteel, known as ‘Tomato Lady,’ also a pepper master

We all know her as the Tomato Lady who sells tomato starts at Garden Expo each spring. She is also a master at growing peppers.

Gardening: It’s dahlia time, but saving them for next season takes care, Spokane Valley gardener says

It’s Dan Loibl’s favorite time of year. His Spokane Valley garden is ablaze with the reds, yellows, pinks, purple and whites of his 100 or so dahlias that are finally …

Gardening: Transplant learns to blend into surroundings

Building gardens is always an adventure.

Class on dehydrating foods scheduled at South Hill Library

The Friends of Manito will present a class on dehydrating foods at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21, at the South Hill Library, located at 3324 S. Perry. The class will be …

A garden grows in West Plain jail bearing more than just vegetables

There’s a quarter-acre garden bursting with ripening crops. But it’s not where you’d expect. It’s out on the West Plains, where the wind blows hard, the soil is rocky and …

Gardening: With right care, baskets can hang around longer

Bobette Tuchek’s shady patio on Spokane’s South Hill is perfect for a beautiful bunch of hanging begonias. The soft light that comes through the translucent panels overhead highlight the soft …

Gardening: Otis Orchards landscape is July Garden of the Month

Gardens don’t happen overnight