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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.


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?


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

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


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, 4:49 p.m.

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.


Gardening: Hot peppers tricky, but worth a try, Pat Munts says

Growing really hot peppers seems to be a trend, gardening columnist Pat Munts writes.


Gardening: Daffodils signal spring is coming

Spring is out there somewhere. I caught a glimpse of it during a layover in Wales on my way back from Africa. It was wonderful.


Gardening: Blueberriy, elderberry, serviceberry plants do well in Inland Northwest

If you’ve joined the berry and fruit tree growing trend, Pat Munts offers some tips on getting good yields.


Gardening: Climate control: Start veggie seeds indoors

Starting your own vegetable seeds indoors is a great way to save some money and grow varieties you can’t find in the garden centers.


Gardening: ‘Good quality potting mix’ is soilless, sterile and drains well

What is “good quality potting mix”?


Gardening: Spokane Edible Tree Project’s workshop series gets tree owners ready for annual gleaning

The Spokane Edible Tree Project has gleaned over 100,000 pounds of apples, pears, plums, peaches, raspberries and blueberries from Spokane backyard trees since its inception in 2013. The Tree Project …


Gardening: Start spring cleaning now to eradicate houseplant insects

It’s time to check your houseplants for unwanted visitors. The plants have been somewhat dormant for the last couple of months but with the increasing light, they will soon be …


Gardening: Mild winter brings unlikely visitors – Anna’s hummingbirds

Just to show you how mild a winter we have had so far, I had my first garden tour of the year last Sunday with a little twist. Michael Loundagin, …


Gardening: Beekeeping conference at EWU will offer latest on bee science and conservation

Beekeeping has become a very popular hobby in our region and beyond in the last few years. Beekeeping classes fill quickly, and several new beekeeping clubs have popped up in …