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Garden Gate: Make your Christmas tree last
One of my favorite days of the year is right around the corner: Winter Solstice, which signals the return of daylight. This year’s solstice occurs at 2:03 p.m. on Dec. 21. And while I realize there is a lot of winter ahead of us, it’s good to have reminders that the light is at the end of the tunnel. One of the ways to beat back the darkness is to keep things around you — food, lights, flowers, good books and upli...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to eat a rainbow
The winter solstice, the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere, is around the corner. To some people, the return of light is a celebration more significant than New Year’s. For others, it’s no time to celebrate, as it’s smack dab in the middle of the shortest, darkest days of the year. But whether you celebrate or struggle, we all need a lift now and then. Let’s look at a few ways to do just that… Pu...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Amaryllis blooms brighten any space
I never know when garden questions will come my way. Take Thanksgiving, for example. One of the guests at a friend’s house arrived with a gift for the hostess. Recognizing the bright red box as containing an amaryllis bulb, a friend turned to me and said, “How do you grow those things, anyway? I’m always afraid I’m going to kill it.” I told her that most amaryllis bulbs are pre-planted and that all you have to do ...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrapping our hearts around wreaths
At the Kodiak Garden Club’s annual wreath-making workshop on Saturday, about 50 people gathered at St. Mary’s Marian Center around tables covered with branches, spools of wire, pliers and Christmas decorations. The air was scented with cedar and pine and charged with high expectations to come away from the two-hour workshop with a showpiece worthy of the holidays. Club member Kate Loewen put everyone at ease with ...
Nov 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: El Niño spells balmy winter for Kodiak
As we bathe —or should I say, shower— in the aftermath of Typhoon Nuri, the question, “What can we expect for the rest of the year?” begs to be answered. After much slogging through weather terms such as Madden-Julian Oscillation, Canonical Correlation Analysis, and OLR Anomalies, I managed to scrape together some forecast highlights for this winter and beyond: First, I’ll provide a little background. This spring,...
Nov 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beans in your batter make breakfast better
On a gray Sunday morning, I sauntered into the kitchen and poured a cup of coffee. While stirring in some honey, I looked at the whitecaps in the channel and then focused on the window glass. It was textured with strips of moss and fat raindrops, deposited by 40-knot winds. This was going to be a slow breakfast morning. Time for waffles. But not just any waffles. I reached for a cookbook with a yellow spine, long ...
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Watermelons might become part of Kodiak’s future
While scientists are trying to predict the consequences of climate change, some regions are said to fare much better than others as safe havens from floods, droughts and storms. California and the Southwest are not safe zones due to drought and wildfires. And you can forget much of the East Coast, too. Hurricanes and rising sea levels are predicted to turn much of the area into a flood zone by 2100, according to a...
Nov 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celestial Seasonings’ tea delivers the zing
In 1976, I lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment in north Seattle, one block from Green Lake. My roommate, Cathy Childs, was 15 years older than me. She had long blonde hair (with split-ends that I thought needed trimming), drove a Volkswagen Beetle (too fast), ate brown rice with tamari, put yogurt on her granola and drank a lot of Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger tea. For me, Cathy was a new pair of glasses. She ...
Oct 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Dealing with the unexpected
Somewhere I read an account about washing a sleeping bag filled with down, and it made me think of gardening. Yes, it really did. Washing a down sleeping bag is an arduous task that is best avoided as long as possible. After pulling it from the washing machine put the bag in a clothes dryer set on low heat. When it’s no longer heavy and doughy, add to the dryer several clean tennis balls (not ones that your dog ha...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Growing spuds
Every fall, Kodiakans start harvesting their potatoes in earnest. Funny, one question seems to crop up at the same time: “What are these ugly blotches on my potatoes?” And then, “Are they safe to eat?” The short answer: ‘scab,’ and ‘yes.’ Potato pals, you’re not alone. Common potato scab is a tuber disease that occurs throughout the potato growing areas of the world. It is caused by the microorganism called S. sca...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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