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Thursday, August 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Add fall color to your garden with trees and shrubs

I was in Deer Park and Sandpoint last weekend to give some talks. Getting the chance to visit with folks about community gardens and beneficial insects was a lot of …


Green tomatoes take a little extra care

I hate to admit defeat, but I know a losing battle when I see one. I’m not much of a gardener to begin with and the weather this year was …


Nourish tomato roots with careful watering

What’s wrong with my tomato? This seems to be the most popular question asked of the WSU Master Gardeners in the past couple of weeks. Usually the question comes attached …


Nourish tomato roots with careful watering

What’s wrong with my tomato? This seems to be the most popular question asked of the WSU Master Gardeners in the past couple of weeks. Usually the question comes attached …


From bentgrass to tomatoes, readers ask good questions

I love this time of year. All of you are out there playing in the dirt, or trying to, and end up e-mailing lots of great questions that everyone is …


From bentgrass to tomatoes, readers ask good questions

I love this time of year. All of you are out there playing in the dirt, or trying to, and end up e-mailing lots of great questions that everyone is …


Plant some more crops now to harvest later this fall

This is going to be a challenging year for the vegetable garden. Everything is a couple of weeks behind because of the weather. It is going to take a long …


Water, fertilizer needed to get roses winter ready

Now that August has begun, it’s time to get roses ready for the fall and winter. Keep plants well watered. Check how deep the water is getting by digging a …


Water wisely to keep the lawn green

The cool air and rain have been replaced by our usual run of heat and dry skies. It’s time to say goodbye to green fields and haul out the hoses. …


Clean green gets new life as compost

Ever wondered what happens to all that stuff you haul to the transfer station for Clean Green disposal? All most of us see is the giant piles of grass clippings, …


Ordinary earthworms are stars of the garden

The giant Palouse earthworm lives! The worm many thought as the stuff of legends or myth was found alive earlier this year by some researchers from the University of Idaho. …


Ordinary earthworms are stars of the garden

The giant Palouse earthworm lives! The worm many thought as the stuff of legends or myth was found alive earlier this year by some researchers from the University of Idaho. …


Ordinary earthworms are stars of the garden

The giant Palouse earthworm lives! The worm many thought as the stuff of legends or myth was found alive earlier this year by some researchers from the University of Idaho. …


It’s time to deck garden with hummingbird feeders

Sometime in the next week or so I expect to hear the distinctive buzz of hummingbirds as they return for the summer. It’s time to hang out the feeders. The …


It’s time to deck garden with hummingbird feeders

Sometime in the next week or so I expect to hear the distinctive buzz of hummingbirds as they return for the summer. It’s time to hang out the feeders. The …


It’s time to deck garden with hummingbird feeders

Sometime in the next week or so I expect to hear the distinctive buzz of hummingbirds as they return for the summer. It’s time to hang out the feeders. The …


It’s time to uncover, prune roses

How many cartoons have you seen where the family is on vacation and the kids can’t stop asking “are we there yet, are we there yet?” Such has been the …


Take your garden’s soil temperature before planting

With the coming of spring, seed packets are flying off the shelves of the garden stores. Now that you have your little packets of gold and all the things to …


Take garden’s soil temperature before planting

With the coming of spring, seed packets are flying off the shelves of the garden stores. Now that you have your little packets of gold and all the things to …


Fruit trees can flourish here with proper care

Now that spring isn’t far off, fruit trees will soon be appearing in local garden centers. Here are a few points to consider when picking out and growing trees. Northeast …


Some plants, gardens not waiting for spring

To paraphrase the real estate adage; it’s all about microclimate, microclimate, microclimate. Experts aren’t willing to say this is a record warm winter, but there are signs that the plants …


Some plants, gardens not waiting for spring

To paraphrase the real estate adage; it’s all about microclimate, microclimate, microclimate. Experts aren’t willing to say this is a record warm winter, but there are signs that the plants …


Feeders, heated water welcome winter birds

‘Get your shoes and camera.” This was our morning greeting as the kids barreled into the house over the Thanksgiving weekend.


Feeders, heated water welcome winter birds

‘Get your shoes and camera.” This was our morning greeting as the kids barreled into the house over the Thanksgiving weekend.


A big thanks to local growers and those who support them

This weekend we are gathering around tables laden with food surrounded by family and friends. It’s a time to share memories, laugh, look back and to the future. It hasn’t …


A big thanks to local growers and those who support them

This weekend we are gathering around tables laden with food surrounded by family and friends. It’s a time to share memories, laugh, look back and to the future. It hasn’t …


Right plants help bees with winter preparations

I’ve been having a bit of fun this summer. With the help of the Inland Empire Beekeepers Association I installed a honeybee hive in my yard this spring. It’s been …


As summer gets hotter, spider mites attack plants

The aphids caught a lot of gardeners off guard this year. Fool me once, shame on the bug – fool me twice, shame on me. As we head into the …


Banner year for aphids and their trappings

Our cool spring has been perfect for aphids this year. As a result they are showing up on all kinds of perennials, shrubs and trees. There are literally dozens of …


Banner year for aphids and their trappings

Our cool spring has been perfect for aphids this year. As a result they are showing up on all kinds of perennials, shrubs and trees. There are literally dozens of …