Traditionally, the holiday season is a time to gather with family and friends to reminiscence and celebrate all that has happened throughout the year. But with an ongoing pandemic, many are left looking for new and unique ways to enjoy those time-honored traditions in a way that keeps everyo…

Apple orchards, apple picking and apple desserts all scream fall. Glowing with bright yellows and reds, apples are juicy and more than ready to be used in your favorite fall recipes. If you’re looking for something sweet and full of texture that can turn your taste buds upside down, look no …

The holiday shopping season may look a little different this year, but one thing that hasn't changed is the importance of saving money. Whether you're shopping online or in store, these tips can help you spend less and set you up for long-term financial success.

Jazz up your traditional sweet potato casserole with some nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and crunchy cornflakes. The holidays never tasted sweeter!

’Tis the season for comfort foods, and this recipe with crumbled bacon and cubed potatoes smothered in melted cheddar cheese is sure to satisfy.

Perhaps more than usual, the centerpiece this Thanksgiving won't be the turkey, the stuffing or even family-famous recipes for sweet potato casserole or pumpkin pie. Instead, when gathering around a table with loved ones, the precious moments of togetherness will be what many families treasu…

Like a roaring freight train, we’re swept along with limitations and a different way of life. Sometimes dramatic changes — like our current situation — can create healthful ways of life, such as growing our own food and spending more time working in and appreciating our own landscapes.

The days are getting longer, and most of us are looking at snow-free lawns. Those pesky weeds still haven’t germinated, but you know it won’t be long. Now is the time to use an ounce of prevention.

Although most questions brought to our Master Gardener Plant Diagnosis Clinic concern landscape plants, we also get inquiries about indoor houseplants. What are those bugs flying around my plant? What is chewing on the leaves? Why are the leaves yellowing and wilting?

Christmas decorations appear in our stores when Halloween is still weeks away. Personally I find this too early for most Christmas preparations, except one. I am ready to harvest my Christmas tree.

Christmas decorations appear in our stores when Halloween is still weeks away. Personally I find this too early for most Christmas preparations, except one. I am ready to harvest my Christmas tree.

One of landscapes’ major headaches is a hulking-big tree overpowering a small area. You don’t want to cut it down, yet it’s entirely out of character with the area, say nothing of causing problems. The smart way is to study mature tree sizes and then select ones that fit within that space be…

This vegetarian pizza has a flour tortilla for its base. It provides and ultra-thin crust, allowing the toppings to be featured.

In North Central Washington, roses are one of our favorite flowers because they are easy to grow during spring and summer. Winter weather patterns have changed how we provide fall and winter care for roses, but the basics are the same.

In North Central Washington, roses are one of our favorite flowers because they are easy to grow during spring and summer. Winter weather patterns have changed how we provide fall and winter care for roses, but the basics are the same.

We are approaching the end of August, and it is time to organize our fall garden tasks. We think about planting trees and shrubs in the fall and harvesting our garden’s bounty. Most importantly we make a list called ”I’ll never do that again” because that part of our landscaping was disappoi…

What does Hillbilly have in common with Sun Gold? Probably nothing except both tied as top tomatoes at Saturday’s free Tomato Gala at WSU Chelan/Douglas Master Gardener’s ninth annual celebration at the Community Education Garden.

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With due respect to Mrs. Gump, my mama always said life was like a box of jalapeños: You never know how spicy it is going to be until you bite into one.

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 …