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Monday, September 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Pruning limbs, shrubs requires some study

The ground is still frozen at least six inches down and probably won’t thaw for a few more weeks. In spite of that little detail, there are jobs you can …


Pruning limbs requires some study

The ground is still frozen at least six inches down and probably won’t thaw for a few more weeks. In spite of that little detail, there are jobs you can …


Proposed garden in Grant Park enters planning phase

About 30 people showed up to get their hands in the dirt at a recent planning meeting for a proposed community garden in Grant Park in Spokane’s South Perry neighborhood. …


Dwarf fruit trees offer options for small yard

Let’s face it; having a small yard isn’t very amenable to growing your own fruit trees. Or so some people think and then miss out on growing their own tree …


Dwarf fruit trees offer options for small yard

Let’s face it; having a small yard isn’t very amenable to growing your own fruit trees. Or so some people think and then miss out on growing their own tree …


Proposed garden in Grant Park enters planning phase

About 30 people showed up to get their hands in the dirt at a Saturday planning meeting for a proposed community garden in Grant Park. The community garden would be …


Community gardens nurture more than crops

It is amazing what a few days of sunshine and reasonable temperatures can do to bring gardeners out of wherever they have been holed up for the winter. One of …


Permeable pavers keep stormwater runoff off streets

Come the end of July, there is nothing better than relaxing on the patio after a hot summer’s day. The steak was done to perfection and there are still a …


Cure spring fever with workshops

OK, we are over the January hump. February usually doesn’t bring nasty storms (never say never, though). It only takes so much time to order seeds and dig out the …


Cure spring fever with gardening workshops

OK, we are over the January hump. February usually doesn’t bring nasty storms (never say never, though). It only takes so much time to order seeds and dig out the …


Winter good time to tend indoors

Looks like the weather experts weren’t too far off on their prognostications of a snowy winter. Only time will tell how much we really get. One thing is clear though; …


Winter good time to tend indoors

Looks like the weather experts weren’t too far off on their prognostications of a snowy winter. Only time will tell how much we really get. One thing is clear though; …


Reminder: Don’t feed wildlife, enjoy them from afar

The view from my office window is almost always entertaining. We have bird feeders nearby that are busy all the time. There is a major deer trail that runs through …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools and seeds needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools and seeds needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …


Use winter to clean, sort, fix tools needed for spring planting

The early onset of winter has driven diehard gardeners indoors. Our only connection to the ground at this point is shoveling snow. Just think of it as water for next …


Tender trees, shrubs need relief from weighty snow, ice

I recently drove to Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. All along the road the trees were mantled in white that made them look like thin white candles. It was beautiful but …


Tender trees, shrubs need relief from weighty snow, ice

I recently drove to Seattle over Snoqualmie Pass. All along the road the trees were mantled in white that made them look like thin white candles. It was beautiful but …


Garden network needs a catchy name

The weather wasn’t the only tough thing this year. The economy is still sending a lot of people to the Second Harvest Inland Northwest’s food bank system. On top of …


Garden network needs a catchy name

The weather wasn’t the only tough thing this year. The economy is still sending a lot of people to the Second Harvest Inland Northwest’s food bank system. On top of …


Greenery students find perfect poinsettias demand precision

Learning by doing is often said to be the best teacher of all. As I talked to this year’s greenhouse management students at Spokane Community College, that became obvious. Every …


Greenery students find perfect poinsettias demand precision

Learning by doing is often said to be the best teacher of all. As I talked to this year’s greenhouse management students at Spokane Community College, that became obvious. Every …


Controlling gophers requires changing garden techniques

Our wet fall seems to have brought out the gophers in full force. Their little mounds of dirt are everywhere. I say pocket gophers because most experts say we don’t …


Controlling gophers requires changing garden techniques

Our wet fall seems to have brought out the gophers in full force. Their little mounds of dirt are everywhere. I say pocket gophers because most experts say we don’t …


Autumn memories will get you to spring

Driving north of Spokane one day last week was a special treat. Everything was a blaze of fall color. The aspen and cottonwoods along the streams were torches of gold, …


Store garden’s bounty for taste of summer

Vegetable gardeners got lucky this fall. In spite of downright cold weather through most of the summer, we got just enough Indian summer to ripen up most of the garden …


Perfect conditions for mushrooms

This has been the year for mushrooms. Homeowners have had them popping up all over yards and gardens and have been flooding garden centers and the Master Gardener Plant Clinic …


Garden a memorial to beloved son

Little Theo loved life. He loved exploring his world and was just discovering the broader world when he died on his first birthday in early May this year. He left …


Garden a memorial to beloved son

Little Theo loved life. He loved exploring his world and was just discovering the broader world when he died on his first birthday in early May this year. He left …


Plant cover crops during fall to feed, weed plot for next year

For all practical purposes, we are coming to the end of the gardening season. The plants will go on until there is a killing frost, but we are losing so …