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Monday, October 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

In the Garden: Crazy weather hit at start, end of growing season

Is it just me or was this the fastest gardening season ever? The late burst of wintry conditions we experienced from February to April prevented us from getting an early …


In the garden: House plants need right amount of water, light to flourish

When fall arrives, gardeners transition from outdoor gardening to indoor activities. Yet they miss the connection they had with living plants. Tending houseplants is the perfect cure to this problem …


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 …


In the Garden: Celebrate late bloomers at Dahlia Festival

Dahlias are one of the most prized late-summer bloomers. With their incredible array of colors and types, it’s every gardener’s dream to have a garden filled with these lovely flowers.


In the Garden: Lamp’l will bring behind-the-scenes stories to Master Gardeners banquet

For this year’s fall banquet, the Spokane County Master Gardeners is bringing in Joe Lamp’l, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS program “Growing a Greener World.”


In the Garden: Eye-catching array as autumn looms

Even though I am struggling with the realization that fall is just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to soon: glorious days, colorful foliage and the …


In the Garden: Tips to make gardening easier as we get older

I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

In the Garden: Sloped backyard is becoming a productive edible garden

When Rick and Laurie Jarmer bought their Five Mile home in 2016, they realized the landscape wasn’t exactly the garden of their dreams. They immediately rolled up their sleeves and …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

In the Garden: Saving money in the garden

I recently asked my Facebook page followers what they do to garden economically. I wanted to share their wonderful responses with you today.


In the Garden: Teachers bring artistic flair to South Hill garden

When two artistic gardeners collaborate, the result is a lovely landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Such is the case with John and Pat Hagney’s garden.


In the Garden: Loire Valley chateau exudes elegance inside and out

If I had to choose one word to sum up the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chenonceau, it would be “elegant.” In June, I led a tour of France’s most beautiful …


In the Garden: Proper staking, consistent watering key to best tomatoes

For many gardeners, the most challenging aspect of growing tomatoes is planting them at the right time in the spring so they won’t get nailed by an unexpected frost. But …


In the Garden: Flowers for season-long bloom

Any time I’m driving through town and see yards absolutely brimming with flowers, I know a contented gardener lives there. For years, I’ve planted flowers of all types, shapes and …


In the Garden: Hoop houses and greenhouses help extend garden season

Over the years, I’ve been experimenting and pushing the envelope as much as possible in my quest to grow plants when common wisdom says otherwise. My two best tools are …


In the Garden: Renowned hybridizer works to make roses easy, even in cooler climates

On June 22, roses will be in the spotlight for the Spokane Rose Society’s 72nd annual rose show.


In the Garden: Spokane in Bloom kicks of garden tour season

The garden tour season officially starts on Saturday with Spokane in Bloom. This year’s tour features nine south-side gardens, carefully selected by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane.


In the Garden: Find water-wise plants at Manito sale

If the words “drought-tolerant” make you think of a yard full of cactus, think again. There are plenty of stunning plants worth considering.


In the Garden: Create an oasis for pollinators

Pollinators are in a serious decline due to loss of habitat and the use of pesticides. Gardeners can help by adding pollinator-attracting plants to our landscapes or creating a garden …


In the Garden: Placement counts when it comes to growing beans

If you plant bean seeds with the little scar, or belly button, facing downward, they will sprout easily. While this might seem like a tedious extra step, it has made …


In the Garden: Expo gives gardeners time to learn, play, shop

When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for …


In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty, birds, bees and butterflies to the garden

While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors …


In the Garden: Blueberries provide a delicious harvest, plus beauty in the landscape

I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered …


In the Garden: Mind your peas and onions, and other tips for starting cool-season crops

You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?


In the Garden: With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point

With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point


In the Garden: Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium offers gardeners a chance to dig into learning

After enduring a winter that began innocently enough but has been pretty harsh in the past several weeks, we gardeners deserve a break. We also need a little inspiration and …


In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …


In the Garden: The weather outside may be frightful, but spring will come. Eventually.

The first day of spring is just 24 days away. Gardeners across the Inland Northwest are busily organizing their seeds, drawing up plans and dreaming of that first ripe tomato. …


In the Garden: Use lessons from harvest to plow into planning for next year’s garden

With the end of the garden season rapidly approaching, it’s time to reflect on how this year’s garden performed. Two challenges were high temperatures and hazardous air quality from regional …


In the Garden: Digging up variety for spring blooms

Warning: while purchasing spring-flowering bulbs is great fun this time of year, remember that you have you dig a hole for every one of them.