July 5 column

Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Organic abundance. It's a preview of next Sunday's Coeur d'Alene Garden Tour, which run's from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Six gardens will be featured during the tour. Here are the addresses:

See ticket information at the bottom of this post.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Teem "TJ" Scarborough's garden. It was a beauty! He grows veggies and fruits very successfully so tour-goers will learn a lot from his techniques. He's also done a good job of keep the resident deer popular out of his garden, which is something most Inland Northwest residents will be interested in hearing about!

Here are photos (including the top one) of areas of his garden:

TJ put structural plants inside his back fence to keep the deer out.

TJ uses covered hoops and cold frames to grow heat-loving crops.

TJ's family enjoys sitting in the garden in the evenings.

You can purchase tickets at any of the gardens on tour day, or at the following nurseries:
·         Ace Hardware, 4th and Harrison, Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-9466

For more information, go to www.cdagardenclub.com or call (208) 664-0987; call (208) 661-0773 on tour day.