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New distilled spirits analysis earns WSU team top honors at world conference

distilled spirits analysis bottlesBy Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Washington State University recently took home top honors in the research poster competition at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, for research on a technique typically used to evaluate the characteristics of wine. » More …

Vanderwolf Pyramid planted in honor of graduating class

Presidential Tree PlantingPULLMAN, Wash. – President Kirk Schulz joined members of the Horticulture Club and others Thursday, April 27, for the annual tradition of planting a tree in honor of graduating seniors. » More …

April 9: Flowers, tomatoes at annual plant sale

PULLMAN, Wash. – Get your garden off to a colorful start with tomatoes, peppers, basil and flowers from the annual Horticulture Club Mom’s Weekend plant sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, in the Beasley Coliseum concourse at Washington State University. » More …

Master Gardeners honor Lowe’s store volunteers

By Seth Trucott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PASCO, Wash. – Staff from the Pasco Lowe’s store built and installed nearly 100 community garden beds to help feed local families, and the Master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin counties recently saluted their efforts with the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award. » More …

Feb. 15: Gardener talks about growing heirloom vegetables

By Kate Ryan, WSU Extension

EVERETT, Wash. – The origins of heirloom vegetables, how to grow them and a seed swap will be part of a presentation by author and garden blogger Bill Thorness at 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Washington State University Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. » More …

Feb. 13, 14: Valentine’s Day plant, flower sale

PULLMAN, Wash. – Primroses, tulips, combination bowls and house plants will be for sale at the Horticulture Club’s annual Valentine’s Day sales 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 13 and 14, at the greenhouses by Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe at Washington State University. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: Why do nonbiodegradables decay slowly?

PULLMAN, Wash. – It can take a really long time for some things to decay. If we buried an apple peel in the backyard, it might only take a few weeks to break down into the soil. But if we buried a plastic water bottle, it would probably still be there hundreds of years from now. » More …