Author: Gordon Fish

Christmas Tree Tips by Valle Novak The day before Christmas is the traditional time for many families to decorate their trees. Trees aren’t too hard to come by, but oftentime the decorations are.If you have no ornaments but want the

Fall Chores by Valle Novak With the rains of fall beginning and the true cold of oncoming winter a given, it’s time to complete your fall chores – draining and storing hoses, cleaning and hanging tools, and cutting back dead

Bats by Valle Novak My bed is situated so that I can lie and see what’s going on outside the window: The wind in the trees, the moon rising, the bats busily gathering mosquitos – and I thoroughly enjoy all

Yellow Jackets – Vespula spp. by Marcie Crockett Yellow jackets are social insects that live in colonies containing thousands   of individuals. These wasps will attack aggressively when their nest is disturbed,   and can inflict painful stings. Numerous stings can result

Spider Mites by Marcie Crockett Spider mites are a major pest on a wide variety of garden and landscape plants.   They are minute arthropods whose feeding can cause yellowing, stunt growth and   reduce yields. Identification – Most Common Species Twospotted

Aphids by Marcie Crockett Aphids (Figure1) are soft-bodied insects that use their piercing sucking mouthparts   to feed on plant sap. They usually occur in colonies on the undersides of leaves   and on tender terminal growth. Heavily infested leaves can wilt

Compost by Bob Wilson The benefits, for both the individual and the community, of composting common organic waste materials are manyfold. Most people produce quantities of grass clippings, garden and yard wastes, or autumn leaves every year. By composting these

Soil Amendments by Bob Wilson Recently it has been brought to my attention that some people have had problems using log-yard wastes as soil amendment. I also talked to a homeowner in Coeur d’Alene who bought some topsoil that was

Hillside Planting by Valle Novak A few months ago, a friend new to the ranks of Master Gardeners, mentioned that her property lay on a partial hillside and that she was nervous about planting on a slope. We discussed the

The Art of Color Echo by Laurie Brown Combining colors in the garden is a source of great fun for me. drifts of lavender, spikes of blue – will it go together? How much of each? One good way to