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In the Garden: Great garden tools make gardening easier

Is your garden shed bulging with mediocre tools? Most likely we all have many and hopefully a few winners scattered among them. Those winners do wonders for easing garden projects, and here are some that might work for you. They come recommended by four local Master Gardeners.

In the Garden: What those seed catalogs are really trying to tell you

As I sit here writing this, I am looking at no less than seven different seed catalogs that have come in the mail during the month of December. For me, January is seed-purchasing time. Sometimes the terminology that describes seed can be confusing to a new gardener, especially one lacking a bachelor of science degree. Here are some simple definitions for common terms used in most catalogs to describe the breeding of the seed or its heritage. This can be of importance when choosing seed best suited to your needs.
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Creative couple modernizes a mansion

MINNEAPOLIS — When eating breakfast in their former kitchen, Denny Kemp and Doug Melroe often caught glimpses of an unusual sight inside the house next door.
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In the Garden: Some long-distance answers to our plant fascinations

We grow many plants in our gardens and homes introduced from other parts of the world. We try to stretch the boundaries of climates with the tedious process of planting annuals each year because they cannot survive our winters. We dig Dahlia and other tender, summer-blooming bulbs and mother them for the winter to plant them again the next late spring.

A gardening season in review: Frequently asked questions

What is wrong with this plant and how do I fix it? We have just completed an entire season of gardening questions and more than half of the 700 or so people we talked to at the WSU Plant Clinic and the farmer’s markets and Demonstration Garden asked this question.
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Pruning gold

Linda Jorg prunes her honey locust tree she planted five years ago at her East Wenatchee home. She is getting an early start to fall pruning Tuesday.
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In the Garden: The exotic world of coral bells

Peach Flambe,” “Creme Brulee,” “Marmalade,” “Lime Rickey” — wait, am I writing a food column? No, these are exotic names of recent hybrid introductions expanding the world of heucheras — known to most of us as coral bells.
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In the Garden: Your shrub might need some attention right about now

Spring-flowering shrubs provide a colorful backdrop for the first bulbs, and their blooms persist through the spring until the perennials burst forth with their summer color. In North Central Washington, we can grow a number of colorful, fragrant shrubs because our climate provides winter cooling and warm, moderately dry springs.