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Wednesday, September 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


Cool observers pay yard, gardener a farewell visit

Last weekend I got two special treats while doing the last fall chores. Saturday I dashed out to move some deck chairs to their winter spot. The wind was picking …


Cool observers pay yard, gardener a farewell visit

Last weekend I got two special treats while doing the last fall chores. Saturday I dashed out to move some deck chairs to their winter spot. The wind was picking …


Free manure sometimes comes with price

The Craigslist ad was pretty straightforward: free horse manure without shavings, you load and haul. Something for free for a little effort; that’s a good deal! Or is it?


Free manure sometimes comes with price

The Craigslist ad was pretty straightforward: free horse manure without shavings, you load and haul. Something for free for a little effort; that’s a good deal! Or is it?


Expert shares passion for colorful gardens

Until just a few years ago plants usually came with leaves in shades of green, yellow and, once in awhile, red. We thought we were in heaven with that many …


Colors of fall can help you find a perfect tree

As luck would have it last week I had to travel up to Republic, Wash., in Ferry County for work. All along the road through the Colville Valley and over …


New rules apply when plants come in

We recently brought all our houseplants back into the house. Unfortunately one of those little bitty tree frogs hitchhiked in with the plants and is now croaking somewhere in the …


New rules apply when plants come in

We recently brought all our houseplants back into the house. Unfortunately one of those little bitty tree frogs hitchhiked in with the plants and is now croaking somewhere in the …


Put green tomato bounty to use in tantalizing dishes

This is the year of the green tomato. Most gardeners still have lots of them hanging on the vines. We are out of warm weather and the fall sun is …


Put green tomato bounty to use in tantalizing dishes

This is the year of the green tomato. Most gardeners still have lots of them hanging on the vines. We are out of warm weather and the fall sun is …


Gardening an effervescent experience for Valley couple

We all know what happens when you shake up a bottle of soda and then open it. The contents go everywhere. For Rich and Violette Gamba, the pent-up fizz captured …


Gardening an effervescent experience for Valley couple

We all know what happens when you shake up a bottle of soda and then open it. The contents go everywhere. For Rich and Violette Gamba, the pent-up fizz captured …


Community meeting tonight on plan for High Drive Bluff

Much has happened in the last few years to make Spokane’s signature slogan: Near Nature; Near Perfect really come to reality. The Centennial Trail is nearly complete. Several groups are …