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First sign of spring might be pesky moss

Slowly but surely life is returning to the landscape. But that green appearing in the lawn may be an unwelcome resident. Moss is often the first thing to green up. …


First sign of spring might be pesky moss

Slowly but surely life is returning to the landscape. But that green appearing in the lawn may be an unwelcome resident. Moss is often the first thing to green up. …


Currants, gooseberries make comeback in landscapes

Home landscapes aren’t just something pretty to look at these days. Many gardeners are planting fruit and berry bushes as well as vegetables among the petunias, roses and perennials. Two …


With care, primroses will bloom every spring

It seems we have made it through the winter without much garden damage for a change. We will probably get a few more dustings of snow, but the ground is …


With care, primroses can be enjoyed every spring

It seems we have made it through the winter without much garden damage for a change. We will probably get a few more dustings of snow, but the ground is …


Options are endless for growing fruits, veggies from seeds

One of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of gardening is starting your own plants from seed. The varieties of vegetables and flowers you can grow are endless. Seed-starting supplies …


Five months of fruit possible with right care

Last week I talked about finding the right place for your backyard orchard. This week I want to talk about selecting and caring for the trees you put in it. …


Five months of fruit possible with right care

Last week I talked about finding the right place for your backyard orchard. This week I want to talk about selecting and caring for the trees you put in it. …


Plan carefully to enjoy the fruits of your backyard orchard

With all the interest in growing backyard gardens it’s not surprising that people are also getting interested in creating backyard orchards. Planting a backyard orchard takes a little planning and …


Plan carefully to enjoy the fruits of your backyard orchard

With all the interest in growing backyard gardens it’s not surprising that people are also getting interested in creating backyard orchards. Planting a backyard orchard takes a little planning and …


Gardening: Conservation district’s plants are zone smart

Every year conservation districts around the state offer trees, shrubs and groundcovers to help rural landowners build shelter belts, develop wildlife habitat and reforest land to reduce soil erosion and …


Conservation district’s plants are zone smart

Every year conservation districts around the state offer trees, shrubs and groundcovers to help rural landowners build shelter belts, develop wildlife habitat and reforest land to reduce soil erosion and …


Hardy hummingbird toughs out winter

Jim and Sheryl White of Spokane Valley got a little busy this fall and didn’t think about taking their hummingbird feeder down until mid-October. Good thing, too. “We were sitting …


Hardy hummingbird toughs out winter

Jim and Sheryl White of Spokane Valley got a little busy this fall and didn’t think about taking their hummingbird feeder down until mid-October. Good thing, too. “We were sitting …


New plant hardiness map offers high-tech views

On Jan. 25, the USDA Agricultural Research Service unveiled the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map to replace the 1990 map that has guided our selection of plants hardy enough to …


Colorful, tall and tough, perennial has Moxie

The snows may have finally come but we are only a few weeks away from the new gardening season. The snow will add much needed soil moisture and protect our …


Too early to get jump on growing season

This mild winter weather and lack of snow is bringing some gardeners out of hibernation early. The ground may be frozen but that won’t stop diehards. I’ve already had one …


Heirlooms bring regional flavor to your garden

Along with the Christmas cards, the last two weeks of December brought a flood of seed catalogs. It was a tough call as to what to read first. This year …


Visions of future gardens danced in her head

The last of the holiday weekends is fast approaching. One last round of football, food and frivolity before we settle into the doldrums of January. You know, that month when …


Visions of future gardens danced in her head

The last of the holiday weekends is fast approaching. One last round of football, food and frivolity before we settle into the doldrums of January. You know, that month when …


Gardening: Proper food attracts birds in winter

I finally found an easy way to amuse bored cats now that the weather is cold. We placed two round cat beds in front of the window in my office. …


Gardening: Proper food attracts birds in winter

I finally found an easy way to amuse bored cats now that the weather is cold. We placed two round cat beds in front of the window in my office. …


Dry wood key to making a good fire

This time of year, a cozy fire is the ticket for warming up after being outdoors for a while. Even though gas fireplaces have become common, there is something about …


Wood key to making a good fire

This time of year, a cozy fire is the ticket for warming up after being outdoors for a while. Even though gas fireplaces have become common, there is something about …


Lichens make subtle, essential contribution

Now that the fall color has gone, many of the more subtle aspects of nature become visible. With the leaves off the trees, bark color and texture are much more …


Lichens make subtle, essential contribution

Now that the fall color has gone, many of the more subtle aspects of nature become visible. With the leaves off the trees, bark color and texture are much more …


Gardening: During winter, good compost will be active, cook

Ever wonder what happens in your compost pile over the winter? While almost everything else in the garden is either dormant or flat out dead, the compost pile is still …


Good compost will be active, cook through winter

Ever wonder what happens in your compost pile over the winter? While almost everything else in the garden is either dormant or flat out dead, the compost pile is still …


Thanks to gardeners, food for others abounds

Wow! It wasn’t the best year for growing vegetables this year, but gardeners and farmers all over the Inland Northwest still managed to donate tons of stuff to Plant a …


Thanks to gardeners, food for others abounds

Wow! It wasn’t the best year for growing vegetables this year, but gardeners and farmers all over the Inland Northwest still managed to donate tons of stuff to Plant a …