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Gardening: If itching to get in the dirt, check out Cabin Fever event

Could it be that the cold and snow are behind us? My garlic is poking its heads out of the winter’s protective mulch. Several people have said that tulips and …

UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Gardening: Phyllis Stephens retiring after decades as Spokane’s foremost gardening authority

Pat Munts pays tribute to longtime gardening guru and TV personality Phyllis Stephens, who is retiring after over 30 years of sharing her knowledge with residents of the Inland Northwest …

Gardening: Covered garden beds will add grow time and protection from cold weather

Remember I said a couple of weeks ago that winter isn’t over until winter is over? I rest my case.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Gardening: Artichoke, husk tomato in March planting plan

My desk is covered with seed packets at the moment. Our recent spate of warm weather got me fired up to order my seeds for the spring.

Gardening: Time for early garden chores, Pat Munts writes

With a break in the weather that has thawed the ground, we can get done some early garden chores, Pat Munts writes.

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

Gardening: Inland Northwest Food Network workshop will offer lessons about saving seeds, Pat Munts writes

Seed School in a Day workshop March 3 will teach how to save your own seed.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Gardening: Consider length of local growing season when choosing seeds

When planning the garden you want to grow, consider the length of our growing season before making your seed choices, Pat Munts writes. Local garden centers offer many types of …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 12:20 a.m.

Gardening: Biochar, seed swap, Seattle show offer fun learning

It must be time to take advantage of some fun learning opportunities around the Inland Northwest and beyond.

Gardening: Keep dormant houseplants healthy in winter

Yesterday was National Houseplant Day. Given the sloppy, icy, rainy and overall gray conditions outdoors, we could use a celebration of green in our lives right now.

Gardening: Good time to start thinking of acquiring holly plants, Munts writes

As I was shoveling last week’s snow, the Christmas carol “The Holly and the Ivy” got stuck in my head.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

Gardening: Remove incentives for havoc-wreaking squirrels

Squirrels are the clowns of the garden. … They are also terrorists with tails.

Gardening: Potatoes went through a long journey to acceptance on our dinner tables

A Thanksgiving meal just isn’t complete without the mashed potatoes.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 3:44 p.m.

Gardening: SCC students will show off fruits of labor at annual Poinsettia Open House

Spokane Community College students Jamie Lucas and Jarred Reitan are part of the greenhouse management class that is raising poinsettias for the annual Poinsettia Open House Thursday and Friday at …

Gardening: Portrayal of America’s first professional botanist promises to be entertaining, illuminating

If you want to see a mesmerizing portrayal of the life and times of America’s first botanist, John Bartram, don’t miss Kirk R. Brown performance of “John Bartram Lives” at …

Gardening: Fall’s fiery brilliance can be preserved, enjoyed year-round

October is my favorite month of the year.

Gardening: Guest speaker at annual Master Gardener Foundation dinner will talk about the plight of native bees

Last summer I was lucky. I seemed to have more than a few bumblebees buzzing around my garden.

Gardening: Fall blooms bring final splash of color, insect food

With the arrival of cooler weather, many plants will begin to wind down and start to go dormant. There are a few that are only beginning their peak bloom and …

Gardening: How is your lawn faring during hot weather? These tips can help restore it to health

September is a great time to restore a lawn.

Gardening: Earwigs mostly helpful (don’t worry about your ears)

I am hearing rumors that earwigs have invaded gardens in the area. Take a deep breath: They are more of an annoyance than a destructive pest.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Gardening: Careful watering helps during grueling heat, Pat Munts says

Gardens and lawns need careful watering during the hot summer months. Here are some tips on how to ensure plants get enough water to survive the heat.

Gardening: From ‘empty slate,’ Painted Hills home’s landscape named July Garden of the Month

Since moving into their Painted Hills home in 2009, Carol and Peter McKenny have gone through more than a few deer-munching experiments as they developed their garden. After eight years …

UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 2:51 p.m.

Gardening: No green thumb needed for blueberries size of your thumb

I have heard from several gardeners in the last couple of weeks that they are harvesting blueberries the size of your thumb. We can thank all the water we got …

Gardening: Dragoon Creek homeowners create award-winning eclectic landscape

The Inland Empire Gardeners June Garden of the Month honorees are featured.

Gardening: Time to think about planting second crops

We are roaring right through the summer, and it looks like it might be a pretty good tomato year. It’s also time to think about what you can plant when …

Gardening: Pat Munts encourages gardeners to do their part to help threatened pollinators

Homeowners can turn their gardens into pollinator friendly oases

Gardening: Aphids leave imprints on Inland Northwest yard-scapes

Cool weather has allowed the soft-bodied sucking insect aphids to thrive and feed on perennials, shrubs and trees.

Gardening: Small space needs alternate garden, Pat Munts says

Like many of us, WSU Master Gardener Mia Marcum-McCoy is always looking for new ways to enjoy her garden and stretch her knowledge. A recent transplant to the South Perry …

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 12:47 p.m.

Gardening: Asparagus requires space, patience, Pat Munts writes

Spring is asparagus season. The tender green spears appear almost magically from bare ground in many places in the Inland Northwest, and not all of them are in backyard gardens.

Gardening: Backyard gardeners form network, with help from conservation district and WSU extension office

Imagine this if you will: You stop in a neighborhood on your way home from work and buy fresh vegetables and eggs from a small backyard market garden. You continue …

Gardening: Use plastic milk jugs, plastic sheets, tarps to protect tender plants from spring frost, Munts says

I know everyone is champing at the bit to get gardens planted but let’s consider this. It’s been a whacky spring, and we could still get a frost or two …