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Monday, November 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.


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 …


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.


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


Gardening: Impact of cooler summer showing in gardens

We are over halfway through the summer, so it’s time to clear my desk of gardening tidbits.


Gardening: With basics, your yard can be haven for wildlife

You don’t need to live in the woods or have lots of space to have a wildlife-friendly garden.


Gardening: Seek out good advice when problem arises

I hate it when I have to tell a gardener that they have to yank out a plant because of an incurable disease. It’s even worse when it’s your brother.


Gardening: Careful pruning, shaping an ancient art: Bonsai sale will showcase area hobbyists’ work

On Sunday, July 21, Roger Snipes and other members of the Inland Empire Bonsai Society (IEBS) will share their creations with the community during the group’s annual show at the …


Gardening: Nine Mile Falls display has it made in the shade; retired postmasters win June Garden of the Month

Shade is always a challenge for gardeners, and it takes some creativity to build a colorful garden with only the sun that filters through the pine trees.


Gardening: Get plants ready for the hot summer days ahead

It’s the Fourth of July, and the corn should be knee-high in the garden.


Gardening: Early attack can thwart noxious weed invasion

Not all those pretty wildflowers we are seeing right now are harmless. Many of them are noxious weeds that are aggressively taking over the landscape.


Gardening: Protect against voles, found in large numbers this year

To control mouse, vole and shrew population, remove their protective cover in the yard and gardens and put up barriers to protect trees and certain plants.


Front Porch: Gaining a son-in-law, and a new title

It won’t be long now before I become a mother-in-law.


Gardening: Apple sleuths compare notes at Sandpoint gathering

Through history, there are over 5,000 named varieties of apples in the world. Of those today, we commonly eat maybe 10. So, what happened to the other 4,990?


4H food garden techniques taking hold in Burundi

Pat Munts describes


Gardening: Proper research can prevent common tree-planting mistakes, experts say

The gardening season is in full swing and the nurseries are full of enticing plants.


Gardening: Never underestimate Spokane’s fickle spring weather

Knowing when and what to plant in the Inland Northwest, Pat Munts relies on her 40 years of experience in Spokane’s fickle spring weather.


Gardening: SpokaneScape program offers rebates for lawn-free, water-efficient front yards

The city’s SpokaneScape program will pay you to remove lawn in a front yard and help you design a new, water-wise landscape.


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019

Gardening: Consider growing plants with colorful leaves in shade

Last week I talked about getting rid of moss in shady areas. That resulted in questions about how to get some color in shady areas of the garden. Dark green …


Gardening: Change soil conditions and bid adieu to moss-colonized lawn

Now that the grass is growing, the question of the week seems to be how to get rid of moss in the lawn.


Gardening: Careful moving of mother-in-law’s treasured rose, step by step

I have to move a very special rose this spring.


Gardening: Time to aerate, fertilize and spot treat weeds to revive lawn

It’s time to get a jump on lawn care before it gets away from us.


Gardening: Start next season’s pollinator meadow now

Planting a pollinator meadow begins in the spring and will take a year to ensure a growing field that will sustain important insects and animals.