Category: Garden

Everybody Needs a Friend

Here’s a couple ideas for ‘companion gardening’ this year! Mix up the monoculture in your garden for a better, all natural success rate!

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Shady Gardening

Shade can be challenging to grow plants, let alone vegetables, but don’t fret! Here are seven tried and proven varieties that will produce in abundance even in shade!

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Virtual Bear Aware Class

The Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are offering a free, live, internet class called “Bear Aware”, on Thursday, May 21st, from 6:30pm-8:00pm. The class will be taught by County Extension Director, Mike Jensen, who will provide information and educational resources so a person can safely and responsibly enjoy bears in the wild. If a close encounter should occur, the goal is to educate you on the best way to handle the situation and minimize the bear encounter risk.

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Bee Friendly

This is an important season for bees and pollinators, especially honeybees as they emerge and are beginning to forage for food.

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Look Before You Buy

Purchasing vegetable plants may be a fun endeavor that’ll jump start your garden, but beware; there are some vegetables that may set up a beginner for disappointment or failure.

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Small greens in pots.

Master Gardeners Offer Virtual Gardening Class for Beginners

The Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are offering a free, live, internet class called “Gardening for Beginners”, on Thursday, April 9th, from 6:30 -8:30pm The class will be taught by local Master Gardeners, Kamori Cattadoris and Dixie Chichester and will cover such topics as locating a garden, soil and water basics, purchasing seeds or plants, planting techniques, maintaining a garden and harvesting produce, all geared toward the beginning gardener.

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A Prickly Love

I fell in love with the cacti I saw during my recent visit to the Milwaukee Dome Gardens. (A must see for plant enthusiasts!) Cacti are very recognizable plants with waxy skin and prickly spines.

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Ornery Orchids

There are a lot of misconceptions about orchids, including that they are super difficult to grow. Hopefully this article will help dispel those myths!

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Falling Leaves! Hurray for me!

If you want to have a wonderful garden for next year, prepare now with all those fallen leaves around your house! Did you know that up to 80% of a tree’s nutrients and minerals are pulled into the leaves? Adding them to your garden is a great way to replace those nutrients back into the soil.

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Ghoulish Gourds

There are a couple of tricks to growing large glorious pumpkins in N.E. Washington. To get a jump on the growing season, plant pumpkins indoors

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