Have you started your vegetable and herb garden seeds yet? If not, no need to worry as the WSU Chelan/Douglas County Master Gardeners have been busy growing just over 2,000 vegetables and herbs, mostly tomatoes, in their homes in preparation for the famed Master Gardener Foundation of Chelan…

One of my favorite garden insect books is “Good Bug, Bad Bug.” Chock full of helpful information, the book reminds me that the adage, “the only good bug is a dead bug”, isn’t true.

Winter tends to make many of us feel sluggish. Similarly, many of our garden pests have been mostly inactive. But now, as the days get longer and spring is on the horizon, it’s time to get ahead of some of the pests as they begin to emerge from their winter rest.

Organic backyard tree fruit production practices are not much different than conventional practices these days, as science has discovered products and methods that make it possible either way to control key tree fruit pests and diseases of North Central Washington.

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

Rather than dreaming of sugar plums, this post-holiday time of year gardeners are probably dreaming of next year’s garden bounty and beauty. Seed catalogs arriving in the mail help that vision with their beautiful photos of all types of "new and improved" plants. Lots of hype, some of it wor…

Most plants adapt to the cold extremes of the region they original came from. You can look up the hardiness of most garden plants and compare the lowest temperature they are rated to withstand. If the USDA hardiness zone indicates it won’t withstand low temperatures common to the vicinity yo…

I am a terrible procrastinator when it comes to gift giving. Even if I know someone very well, it seems like my mind goes blank when it is time to do my holiday shopping. Every year, I am like a deer in the headlights as soon as the calendar begins to approach December. I am sure I am not alone.

Deck the halls, the front door and the holiday table with fresh greens. Now, the challenge of keeping them fresh through the holidays so they'll retain that delightful heady fragrance and visual appeal of the out of doors.

While you're out planting daffodils and tulips this time of year, why not add some alliums? They're easy care and attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators while discouraging deer, rodents and rabbits. Alliums are welcome bloomers after daffodils and tulips wind up their flamboyant spr…

In a recent column, I went on a rant about apricots. I braced myself for a public outcry, led by the Apricot Protection League, but, not a peep came my way. This has encouraged me to move forward into my new topic — tree fruit you won’t regret growing: peaches and nectarines.

The WSU Master Gardener Program was developed 45 years ago to provide urban homeowners science-based, relevant and effective gardening information. The WSU Extension service was busy helping farmers, and more and more “backyard farmers” needed a different type of advice. The Master Gardener …

Today was the first morning with a hard, killing frost up in Leavenworth. It was a little bit of a surprise and also right on time. There’s no denying it, fall is here. The reality of it has been a hard pill for me to swallow, especially this year.

“Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!” My daughter and son used to chant that when they were little. The excitement usually began sometime around the middle of August and lasted all the way up until the bitter end.

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.

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…

Gather your family and head out for garden-related fun from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at WSU/Chelan Master Gardener’s Third Saturday in the Garden event.

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.