Keeping a lawn, trees and garden green and growing in a rain-shadow desert isn’t always easy. If you live in central Washington, and I assume most of you do, maintaining your lawn, ornamental flowers, shrubs and trees is a delicate balance and difficult, and a bit of an art.

Calling kids who are ready to buzz through family-friendly, science-based fun projects and learn about bees. Bee a Junior Pollinator Biologist is the title of WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardener’s free Third Saturday in the Garden event at the Community Education Garden.

It’s weed season again. Weeds not only are unsightly in your garden, driveway or pastureland, but when they proliferate, they destroy hundreds of thousands of acres of rangeland and native plant habitat.

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Are you a night owl? If so, you have something in common with a few of our garden pests — those who feed mostly at night. Let’s look at three that love to munch on some of our favorite plants: root weevil, earwig, and tobacco budworm.

Most of us are interested in doing our part to reduce our negative impact on the environment. No one likes pollution, litter, wasting resources or wasting money on inefficiency. Which might be why lists that exclaim, “20 EASY ways to go green!” might be popular. While those lists may include…

Anyone frustrated by irrigation’s complexities of fittings, drippers and sprinklers might find relief by attending the free Simple Irrigation Repairs workshop presented Saturday, May 18. It takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Education Garden, 1100 N. Western Ave. in Wenatchee.

Judges gave these wines high marks in the 2018 Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival Wine Competition.

Do you remember the fragrance with the odd name “Christmas in July”? My mother wore this perfume in the 1950s; I think of my mother at this time of year because I plant my fall and winter garden in July and enjoy its produce for Christmas meals.

We probably shouldn’t complain about central Washington’s weather, because it tends to be better than many places. In fact, the local weather makes it possible to grow almost any deciduous tree fruit without many disease problems common in other tree fruit production areas. The low occurrenc…

What is a Master Gardener? The title is usually applied to someone with years of gardening experience, and the passion to overcome the complex aspects of home horticulture. Someone who communes with nature sensibly, selecting carefree plant varieties to keep the lawn and garden safe from pro…

It has such an appealing appearance — radiant yellow flowers on a long stalk and a long bloom period. It looks like a three-foot-tall snapdragon on steroids, BUT, do not be sucked in. For under the ground are the most pernicious, aggressive tap and horizontal, perennial creeping roots you ha…

Spring is here again! Daffodils are poking out of the ground, snow in the Upper Valley is nearly gone, and spring winds are starting to blow. The soil is drying down and warming up. It’s a perfect time to get into the garden and make a plan for the upcoming summer.

Your garden is beautiful, and you are ready to harvest the tomatoes. You greet the sunny day humming to yourself ... until you look outside. Your garden has been devastated; the tomato plants are flattened, the fruit is either missing or stomped and half eaten. Who could do this to you? The …

Time away from the usual routine has given me a chance to reflect upon this beautiful world we call home. Again this year, I was able to visit another one of the Hawaiian Islands. There’s nothing like an extended vacation on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific to spawn a myriad of t…

Unique, high-quality garden tools, practical kitchen gift items, interesting books including some great children's books — all are part of WSU Chelan Master Gardener Foundation sales just in time for Christmas giving.

Here in the Wenatchee Valley, we live in such a dynamic environment. We are blessed with the Cascade Mountains, lush forests and multiple riverine systems. As we move into the winter months, precipitation will start to turn from rain into snow.

Most gardeners have put their gardens to bed, composted the debris and mulched with leaves. And believe it or not, many gardeners are already thinking about next year’s garden, wondering how to improve production, how to deal with insect pests and how to have a more carefree garden experience.

Enjoying a couple of fruit trees in your backyard seems sensible — just walk out and pick your own fresh fruit. In addition to watering, thinning branches and picking, many folks don't realize it's a big responsibility to keep pests from invading your tree fruit.

I hate to say it, but winter is coming. Or is it already here? Either way, with colder, wet weather, we’re bound to get some slippery icy conditions on our walkways and driveways. And we’re always tempted to find the quickest solution: either shovel off as much as you can or find ways to mel…

Most gardeners plant something they later regret, as it strides out attempting to take over our world. Garden thugs, they’re called. They look beautiful in compact little pots when purchased, have desirable characteristics like covering an area quickly and low maintenance. “Easy care!” procl…

Home design is constantly evolving as our society changes. In today’s plugged-in world, homeowners are looking for a place to unwind and spend time with family and friends. Many are also looking for a sense of community. And an increasingly aging population is also influencing how homes are …

The air temperatures have moderated and the soil is still fairly warm, so it is time to plant the new tree or shrub you have been visualizing in your landscape. This is the best time to plant trees because the winds and hot temperatures of spring and summer can quickly desiccate a tree with …

This Saturday is tomato tasting, big-time. Visit the Community Education Garden on Western Avenue in Wenatchee between 10 a.m. and noon to try dozens of tomato varieties and discover your favorites.

Master Gardeners get many questions about backyard fruit trees. It turns out that many people don’t have room for the number of fruit trees they would like to grow. There’s a solution to this backyard fruit production problem. It is called budding, which is a type of grafting.

Every time it comes around to writing about fall planting it always feels a little bit on the early side. “Really, Fall planting already?,” you say. Yes, time to think about fall planting now, in July. It is hot and sunny and the days are long but summer disappears all too quickly and if you…

Dear Abby: My husband works full-time, and when he gets home, and also on weekends, he’s “exhausted” and needs to relax. He’s in bed by 8 every night, and on the weekends, if we don’t have something planned, he lies in bed all day napping and watching TV.