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Regional wineries shining

Washington’s original wine country is proving to be on quite the comeback. The wines of North Central Washington are growing in quality and quantity, as this year’s North Central Washington Wine Awards show.

In the Garden | Dealing with pests

Critters — large and small, welcome in the garden or not — are the topic of WSU/Chelan Master Gardener’s Third Saturday in the Garden event Sept. 19 at the Community Education Garden on Western Avenue.

Dishes that bring out the best in tomatoes

A chef friend once told me that his favorite food is a perfect, ripe tomato. It’s hard to argue with that. A tomato has it all: a startling amount of flavor packed into a drop-dead gorgeous package. Soft, but not too soft. Firm, but not too firm. Just juicy enough. And when cooked, it goes great with spaghetti. For that matter, you don’t have to cook tomatoes for them to go great with spaghetti.

Suggestions for next year’s tomato plantings

More than 100 tomato enthusiasts flocked to the WSU/Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener’s Community Education Garden in Wenatchee on Aug. 15 to compare tomatoes of all stripes and colors.

In the Garden | Put the smoosh on those pesky garden stinkbugs

Stinkbugs! Even the name is repulsive. This insect scourge loves the warm weather, and it seems its favorite treat is tomatoes. It actually can be found on any type of fruit beginning with raspberries in the spring and continuing to pears in the fall.

Don’t forget the change order

It's just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of misunderstanding — or worse, unauthorized work that inflates the price of a project.

Edging adds elegant finish to garden beds

One summer when I couldn’t finish weeding an 80-foot-long border of shrubs and perennials, my mother — an avid English gardener — took a good long look before she sighed and gave me this advice: If you don’t have time to weed, clean up the edge where the soil meets the grass. Creating a nice, crisp outline — making a sharp V- or L-shaped cut with a straight-edge spade to separate lawn from soil — is like tidying up your house for company when you can’t give it a thorough ...

Silk-screened wallpaper melds design traditions

A certain wunderkammer — or “cabinet of curiosities” — aesthetic defines the hand-printed wallpaper, fabric and tile of Grow House Grow. The Brooklyn-based design studio, helmed by Katie Deedy, specializes in “narrative-inspired pattern work” that’s playful, referential and unexpected. In any given piece, there’s more than meets the eye.

In the Garden | By golly, it’s Tomato Gala time again!

Mark your calendar for 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 15 for the fifth annual Tomato Gala. The tomato-tasting spree takes place at the WSU/Chelan-Douglas Master Gardener’s Community Education Garden at the northwest corner of Springwater and Western avenues in Wenatchee.

In the Garden | Tips for gardening underneath shady trees

So you have some shade and don’t know what to underneath it. You’re probably glad to have it with the recent heat wave we’ve been having, but feel unsatisfied with the lack of landscaping below the tree. Well there are some clever ways you can beautify the area.

Sell-by’ doesn’t mean ‘toss-by’

How often has this happened to you? You’re digging through the refrigerator looking for something to eat when suddenly you notice the “sell-by” date on the package. It’s several days past, so you toss the food out.

In the Garden | Give plants a leg up this summer

Summertime and the livin’ isn’t so easy for plants. They’re out there languishing in punishing heat often mixed with wind. Trees showing scorched leaf edges, lawns looking pretty peaked — all are common this time of year.