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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: 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.


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.