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Garden Gate: Strawberries and radishes join forces
I love it when a plan comes together, even if I didn’t plan it that way. In the garden, we have strawberries and radishes maturing at the same time, strawberries in containers on the deck (to keep them out of slug-harm’s way) and radishes in a raised bed next to the white, Hakurei turnips. Now you’d think they are dissimilar edibles, never to cohabit the same bowl. But with both brimming with red right now, I thou...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Outfoxing the fox sparrow
Finally, we have a cloudy day. After a long spell of nice weather, I was secretly starting to wonder if there was something wrong with the faucet up there. So the other night, in the cool of the evening, I spent an hour speed-transplanting flower, herb and veggie seedlings that were itching to get their roots into bigger digs. Transplanting young green stuff when the weather is warm and dry, even at night, can be ...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldenchains much coveted up north
In mid-summer, you can see them standing alongside our roads, gesturing and aiming their smart phone cameras at buildings and side yards. Comments go something like this: “What is that amazing yellow tree?” “Is that a wisteria?” “Wow, I want one of those in my yard.” It happens every year, visitors from communities north of the 58th parallel (Homer, Anchorage, Fairbanks) venture down to the Emerald Isle for a mini...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Chives a hardy herb to complement dishes
Last week, Joel and Martine Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries organized a fundraiser event to benefit the families of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich. The event, attended by nearly 80 residents, was the 12th year that Chenet organized the “First Salmon of the Year.” Just as fishermen look forward to the salmon’s return in the spring, gardeners and cooks also look forward to garden first...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: For the love of rhubarb
Our mild spring has brought our fair island more than warm temperatures. For one thing, it has launched many rhubarb patches into overdrive. Looking at our crop, the height and health of the plants look more like a mid-summer growth, not early June. So I’m featuring rhubarb this week, albeit a little earlier this year than normal. Ah, but we’re not the only ones celebrating rhubarb. Do you know who are probably th...
Jun 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Clematis and Rhododendrons
By Marion Owen If you’re a clematis or rhododendron, you’re showing your gratitude for a mild spring with showy, colorful blooms. I’d probably do the same thing if I were a flower. Clematis is a flower of the climbing kind. I purchased a plant several years ago from a nursery in Homer. It has been a test of patience though, as it takes several years for a clematis to mature and begin flowering profusely. “It’ll lo...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Grandma Boswell’s healing taters
To Charlaine Siefert, the potato is more medicine than food. In fact, potatoes have been a tool in her home medicine kit for over fifty years. “The introduction to its use was a gift from my grandmother, Grandma Boswell of Plummer, Idaho.” Charlaine shared a couple of her potato experiences during my organic gardening class. We were spellbound as we too learned that the potato is much more than a food. After the c...
May 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Ready for planting in May
Ah, the gray whales have arrived to our shores, the salmonberries are budding out, and the eagles and crows are busy building nests. It must be spring. The weather, however, continues to taunt us with rain squalls, but since we’ve passed the 15-hour threshold for length of daylight per day we must be on the home stretch. And there is much to do before planting outside. For many gardeners, the traditional planting-...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whales follow spring in the ocean
The calendar claims that spring has come. Outside I notice some swollen buds on trees and bushes and new green blades of grass. However, cold winds and rain still hit my face and my hands are freezing after I have taken my dog for her evening walk around the block. I have childhood memories, where spring literally sprang into life and within a few days everything went from winter brown to bright green speckled wit...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Slimy slugs make spring appearance
Last week I suggested going out to do a little defensive gardening by de-slugging. I hate to say this, but with these rains, I’ve spotted slugs sliming around the garden. Does that mean we’ll have to deal with armies of slugs this year? Hard to say this early in the season, but slug eggs, which thrive in moist conditions, are capable of surviving a Kodiak winter if it’s mild enough. Slugs lay small masses of white...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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