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The truth about lice
Last week, I noticed a Facebook post by someone who’d planted a pepper plant in her greenhouse, and now she was dealing with an aphid infestation. “What should I do?” she said. Aphids suck. Literally. They suck the life out of plants while creating an icky, sticky mess in the process. Aphids, sometimes called plant lice, are one of the most common insects that can attack indoor, garden, greenhouse and landscape pl...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: When is the best time to water your plants?
Last week, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Southcentral Alaska for unusually warm weather created by an intense high-pressure system, which the NWS says is now “firmly in control over much of the State.” The short and long-term forecast, leading into the longest day of the year, reads the same: Warm and dry. After months of dampness the heat comes as quite a shock for all creatures and plants, ...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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1,000th column sprouts garden memories
In life, numbers eventually catch up with us: 50 miles to the next gas station, in 10 minutes the cookies are done, your smartphone is maxed out with photos. And then there’s the number 1,000, which caught up with me this week as the number of garden columns I’ve written to date. The number “one thousand” has been around awhile. A picture is worth a thousand words, there’s Thousand Oaks, California, Thousand Islan...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s time to take ‘stalk’ of your rhubarb
It was a few Aprils ago: As the Portland-Seattle “Cascades” train rounded a gentle turn between Puyallup and Tacoma, it clicked along the tracks like fingernails strumming a comb. The view through the windows clicked by too, like movie frames: men clustered in tight groups outside warehouses, talking, smoking; dogs running along fenced back yards; swing sets, apple trees dressed in pink blooms, clothes hanging fro...
Apr 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Bumblebees on lookout for new homes
As I left the greenhouse and walked toward the house, I heard a loud puh- hh-HUP behind me. I twisted around and took two steps toward the ocean, just in time to see an orca whale’s dorsal fin disappear below the surface. I’m always humbled by gifts like this; surprise snippets of life. Like this morning when I looked up from doing dishes just in time to see the gibbous moon appear between puffy clouds. My hands p...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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How to help your lawn wake up
Do you feel inclined to buy an umbrella these days? Well, you’re not alone. According to National Weather Service data, measured rainfall for Kodiak is about six inches above normal for this time of year. This is good news for people with rain barrels and Pelton wheels, but not so great for lawns, for this is the time of year when your lawn is trying to wake up. To help your lawn wake up, whatever you do, don’t gr...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Easter Egg colors to dye for
Natural egg dyes are easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices. And since Easter is right around the corner, now is a good time to gather up supplies. Many common foods and spices make excellent dyes, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to rich hues. The results will vary from batch to batch, which makes it interesting. In some cases you can have your dye and eat it, too. For ex...
Mar 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners need to dig into detective work
Several years ago I was picking broccoli when I noticed velvety, green, inch-long worms gnawing on the leaves. Never seen them before. I grabbed my camera, going from panicked gardener to calmer detective. After a quick search on the Internet I discovered that the culprit was indeed a cabbage worm (imported) and that there were several ways to control them. Whether it’s protecting plants from looming frost, gettin...
Mar 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Hybrids expand carrots’ shape, color options
Can you imagine digging up a carrot from your garden and finding out that it weighs 19 pounds? That’s what John Evans of Palmer, Alaska, discovered in 1998. His carrot was verified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at 18.985 pounds. John’s record held up until last September when Peter Glazebrook of Newark, U.K., grew one that weighed precisely 20 pounds. Going for a world...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Measures to take to minimize garden damage
It’s starting to look a lot like springtime in Alaska. Really? Several people have asked me about flowering bulbs poking above the soil and buds appearing on bushes, including salmonberries and honeyberries. Like last year around this time, a common question went something like this: “This is only February. What will happen to the berry crop if we get a hard freeze?” Let’s back up a bit. Last fall I shared with yo...
Feb 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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