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In the Garden | Starting outdoor plants indoors

It’s almost time — the time where plants start bursting out of the ground to produce luscious, vibrant flowers. Not all plants were created equal, though, so we have to get them started inside in order for us to enjoy them come harvest season.

5 common questions on clutter, answered by an expert

As an organizer, I’ve helped clients conquer many challenges. But there are some questions I’m asked over and over again, and the solution is usually the same. Here are quick answers to some common questions:

In the Garden | Late-winter gardening tasks

Groundhog Day last week marked the point when we crossed over closer to spring than to winter. The daylight hours have increased, the snow has diminished at least in the lower valley, and we are itching to garden.

Tips to up your design game

As you study vignettes on your bookmarked design blogs, flip through pages of shelter magazines and binge-watch HGTV shows, it’s hard not to imagine certain design details transforming your own home.

In the Garden | Gardening in 2015

I have to admit, 2015 was a different animal to tame in my garden. Whether it was the weak snowfall in the winter to the extreme heat and drought in the summer, I can say my garden had to adapt.

In the Garden | Gardening lessons learned the hard way

Too bad foresight isn’t as smart as hindsight. It’s easy looking back and seeing how gardening SHOULD have been done. Knowledge is an important ingredient and worth the homework needed before starting on a project.
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In the Garden | OMG! I can’t believe I planted that!

My Master Gardener friends gloat with garden successes and chortle with failures. This month, the four Master Gardener columnists are going to share “We will never do this again” garden events.

In the Garden | Practice good habits in the garden

The New Year is a time of reflection, for the good and the bad. I was recently asked what some of my regrets or mistakes have been in regard to gardening. I don’t know that my experiences are really all that different from other people, but I am happy to share some of my mishaps. Maybe you can identify with what I am about to describe.

In the Garden | A gardener’s New Year’s resolutions

With the New Year right around the corner, it’s hard not to think about your garden. Soon the snow will start to melt off and spring flowers will bloom, so why not have some gardening resolutions to help us keep on track for this year. I’ve come up with a few ideas that I’m planning to try in 2016:
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In the Garden | Exercises for gardeners

Holidays mean less exercise, eating more than we should and enjoying the warmth of indoors with family — not at all conducive for getting our bodies in shape for gardening next season. Right now is when we gardeners should be strengthening our muscles for all those projects next spring.

Cheers to the holidays with affordable Northwest red wines

If your wallet is feeling a little light from holiday spending, yet you still need to find a few bottles of wine for parties or a midweek meal, then there still are plenty of red wines to be found in the magical $15-and-under category.

These gifts will make gardening safer in the new year

I crowdsourced my fellow Chelan-Douglas WSU Master Gardeners for safe-gardening suggestions. Not all 90 Master Gardeners responded to my email, but many of them offered ideas based on years and years of gardening experience.