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Colors of the Rainbow

Together with my friends in the rainbow, we embrace the world. Yellow colors the world with light and warmth, blue manages the skies and the seas, red moves nations’ lifeblood, purple uplifts mountains and royalty, and orange col... — Updated 6/30/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

Even though the neighbors line up to take pictures of your impeccably weed-free, absolutely straight rows of vegetables and Better Homes and Gardens has made an appointment to feature your garden in their next issue, or NOT! The... — Updated 6/30/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

My sister makes the best raspberry pie. She says the ticket to growing healthy berries is to start with new plants. Raspberries are not fussy about soil pH and seem happy with Spokane County gardens' soils. Prepare the soil with a... — Updated 6/23/2022


Moving day

My green babies are ready to go outside. The soil temperature is nearly 55 degrees and there is no snow on Mt. Spokane. My new irrigation system with drip lines is set up; importantly, I have a new tube of sunscreen. I’ll get a... — Updated 6/16/2022


Gardening through Osmosis

This is Lilac Loving time. We have been waiting a year for it and it is finally here. The hardy varieties that came with the pioneers have adapted especially well in Spokane... — Updated 6/2/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

There is much talk among Spokane County gardeners about raised beds. I’m not referring to the bunk beds your kids and grand kids jumped from but the intentionally framed structures surrounding an ample amount of soil. However, th... — Updated 5/19/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

If you belong to the DIYG’s “Do it Yourself Gardeners,” temptations at nurseries and garden centers are endless. I find the tool isle especially intriguing. Glittering steel rakes and battery-powered diggers and weeders, Ah,... — Updated 5/12/2022


Gardening by Osmosis

Again, I found myself at the grocery store with a bad attitude. Are you kidding me? I fumed at the produce manager—$3.00 for a green pepper? I stomped out of the vegetable section, bought some packets of seeds and left the store... — Updated 4/28/2022


Gardening by osmosis

All you windowsill gardeners, container, raised bed, and in-ground gardeners too, by now you have probably named most of your plants. Rosemary, Thyme, Sage and their friend Parsley,... — Updated 4/14/2022



The perfectly round enormous moon rose higher and higher in the September night sky. Above the leafy maples and lofty pines it evaded the wispy nocturnal clouds. The earth below was transformed by the moonlight and the landscape... — Updated 10/21/2021


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