grow it yourself
Seeds are the most natural way to grow a garden. If you have never started your garden from seeds, we are here to provide support and answer your questions! We have seeds for vegetables, flowers, perennials, herbs, heirlooms & many others.
We carry Ed Hume, Burpee, Lake Valley, and Botanical Interest seeds. Seeds are something that you can start during the winter and spring months in a completely eco-friendly way! Botanical Interests and Ed Hume Seeds brands are small businesses just like Ritters. We also carry certified organic and non-GMO seeds.
You don’t need a green thumb to grow a bounty of fresh vegetables in your backyard or in a raised bed. We grow all of our veggie starts in-house, and we also have a wide selection of vegetable seeds for sale if you are hoping to grow your own starts.
Decide how ambitious you want to get with your vegetable garden. No matter what size you decide to make it, be sure your chosen location gets at least six hours of sunlight. Consider whether you want to grow vegetables in the ground, in raised beds, in containers or in a combination of areas.
We carry a full supply of seeds from Burpee, Ed Hume, Botanical Interest and Lake Valley. Our selection includes a wide variety of vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, heirlooms and more! We are also pleased to carry a full line of USDA certified organic vegetable seeds. All of our seeds are certified non-GMO!
There is nothing quite like the taste of a juicy heirloom tomato straight off the vine or the crunch of summer's first sugar snap pea. Get your garden off to the right start with veggie plants from Ritters. From tomatoes to bok choy, swiss chard to shallots, we have the selection to fill your garden with flavor. Leafy greens not your thing? We also carry strawberry and rhubarb plant starts. Come see our full selections and find your "yum".
Soil provides the nutrients your plants need to thrive. Enrich your soil if necessary by adding compost or garden soil. We offer many different soil amendments, including organic ones. Work a 3″ layer into the top 6″ of your soil. Also, check how well your soil drains by observing it after it rains: do puddles appear on the surface? If so, you may want to plant in raised beds instead.
Weeds compete with your vegetables, stealing nutrients, water and sunlight, so be sure to keep them out as your vegetables grow. Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch around your plants to help discourage weeds by blocking growth and access to sunlight. Mulch also helps retain soil moisture, a critical factor in Spokane. Another incredibly useful method is a weed barrier.
Garden pests are just that… pests. They’ll eat your tender seedlings even before they have a chance to establish. They need to go. If you have pests, the least-toxic solutions should be used first — barriers & repellents, beneficial insects, biological pesticides, soaps and oils — and more stringent methods used only if necessary. We carry a variety of pesticides to keep your plants and veggies from becoming a snack for bugs and slugs. We also carry beneficial insects, so this kind of getting bugged is a good thing.
Fruits, Nuts & Berries
Fruits in your yard and garden have never been easier with the amazing choices available at Ritters, beginning in the early spring. We also offer fruiting shrubs, vines, and garden plants. Most are great for our climate, others have hardy varieties, and all are delicious! We offer a huge selection for your sweet-tooth!
Ritters carries a wide range of berries in many varieties. We carry strawberries, raspberries, huckleberries, blackberries and blueberries starting in early spring, and most are available throughout the summer and into fall. We even have goji berries! Last year we added a new superfruit, haskap berries, which were a major hit!
Each year we get dwarf citrus trees and they are absolutely adorable and great for placing outdoors for our growing season! They are container trees, so bringing them in when it gets cold will be a snap! You can pick fresh lemons or limes right from your patio! Fresh lemonade, anyone?
Watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe are available as both plant starts and seeds. Look for starter plants in spring, but the seeds are here any time at all. Nothing beats a freshly picked melon!
When you think of Washington, you think of apples. Other times you may think of cherries, pears, peaches, and plums. We carry a variety of fruit trees starting in spring, which incidentally is a great time to plant them. We also have nut trees! Some nuts are better for eating, others for cooking.
You are the individualist, the one who needs to live on the edge. We have fruiting plants for that need too! How about hardy kiwi, or pineapple ground cherries (which is really a tomato, but tastes like pineapple)? We offer several varieties of figs, and pink blueberries as well. Come in and view the many interesting plants we carry!
Fruit trees are a delightful addition to any yard. A backyard orchard allows you to enjoy the benefits of fresh fruit at a fraction of the price.
Our selection includes:
**We carry semi-dwarf varieties and multiple varieties of each fruit tree.
Nut trees are another way to enjoy the benefits of fresh food at the tip of your fingertips.
Our selection includes:
Grow your own berries!
Homegrown berries are a fantastic use of space. They're fun to grow and they taste great too. Whether you want to grow enough to make your own jam, or simply have a fresh topping for your ice cream, we can help you choose the right berry.
Our selection includes:
**We carry over 3 varieties of most types of berries!
Table Grapes & Wine Grapes
At Ritters, we carry a wide variety of grapes well suited for our growing climate. Fresh summer grapes are excellent used in juice, jelly, pie, fruit leather, raisins and more! In addition to their fruit, grape vines provide shade, privacy, and an architectural element to any garden. Cold hardy and drought tolerant, even the most inexperienced gardener will enjoy the ease of growing table grapes.
As the saying goes, "the better the grapes, the better the wine". Let us help you choose the right grape for your wine making needs. We carry a wide selection of cold-hardy wine grapes for the home wine enthusiast. Stop by our nursery or call in to see what we have in stock
Many things come to mind when we think of growing and using herbs. For example, the scent of rosemary growing in the garden, the warm comfort from a steaming hot cup of mint tea, the relaxation of an aromatic bath with lavender, or the taste of fresh oregano and garlic in a pot of tomato sauce.
Growing your own herb garden is so gratifying when you can go outside and cut rosemary and thyme from your own garden to add to your chicken or pick from several exceptional mints on hand to make your mojito shine. Want some organic choices? We’ve got you covered. Our herb plants show up early spring and are available through fall. Indoor herbs can be started any time at all with seeds, planting soil, a pot, and a windowsill, and we can set you up for that too.
in or out?
Whether you choose to grow inside or out, all herbs need plenty of sunlight, moderate temperatures, and a soil or potting mix that drains well. Growing in containers gives you the option to have it both ways. You can have the outside garden benefits when it’s warm, and bring them in to overwinter.