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Garden Gate: Why is rhubarb all different colors?
Summer’s annual march toward autumn is marked by several trends: As pink blooms move up the fireweed stalks, so does the number of times Mack’s Sport Shop staff are asked, “Where should we go to catch salmon?” Whispers, text messages and emails between berry pickers also reach a crescendo this time of year: “Found any blueberries yet?” “What’s with the salmonberries on Mission Road?” “How are your raspberries doin...
Aug 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A feast for the eyes and the stomach
A couple questions cropped up this week so I’m taking the opportunity to share what I’ve learned. And before I forget, the Amazing Annual Garden Tour is scheduled for this weekend. Review the details below, and be sure to bring a camera and a note pad.   Are pea flowers edible? Edible garden peas, like our local favorites: snow and snap peas, bloom mostly in white, but some have other pale coloring in hues of pink...
Jul 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Midsummer means assessing progress in the garden
Mid-summer is a good time to hit the pause button and conduct a mid-season assessment. Are the tomato plants being stubbornly green the flowers in the hanging baskets looking like old burlap and the carrots stalled out? Yes, there comes a time in mid-summer when we realize that the garden is looking a little tired. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do (like drinking a cup of coffee in the morning) to...
Jul 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Keep your rhododendrons happy and healthy
You must admit: This year’s rhododendron displays are fabulous.  Large flower trusses, busting with pink, white, lavender, yellow and red add bold splashes of color to our green landscape thanks to the warm weather in June and recent rains.  While rhodies, a top-of-the-world plant, seem to be self-sustaining, it pays to give them extra care during the summer. Most of the rhodies you see blooming around town are co...
Jul 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Sole sticky pest plagues Kodiak gardens
As the summer unfolds, so do the lessons from last winter’s severe cold. In early June for example, grasses, sedges and wildflowers seemed behind the eight ball. But the wild landscape is quickly catching up, witnessed by hikers, fishermen and bear viewers. As for this year’s salmonberry and raspberry crops, the jury is still out. There seems to be plenty of new growth (next year’s crop), and if this winter is kin...
Jul 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Golden chain trees: pretty, poisonous, practical
Today’s trip to the Credit Union 1 bank reminded me of one reason why I enjoy this time of year: the cascading yellow flowers of the golden chain tree. And blooming at the bank’s front door is a stunning specimen. Native to the mountains of southern Europe, from France to the Balkan Peninsula, the golden chain, oddly enough, thrives in Kodiak’s coastal conditions. According to Lon White of Strawberry Fields Nurser...
Jul 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: The story of the bleeding heart flower
In 1846, Robert Fortune (plant explorer extraordinaire) purchased a live bleeding heart plant at a nursery in Shanghai China and sent it back to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew with a note saying he thought this plant would become very popular with gardeners. Sure enough, within five years the plants were being sent to continental Europe and North America and were growing throughout Great Britain. It was such a h...
Jun 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Rekindling your relationship with radishes
After you eat the last pickle from the pickle jar, slice a bunch of radishes and toss them in the juice. Cover and store them in the fridge. In a week you’ll have the best tasting pickles, ready for dressing up salads or spicing up your favorite sandwich spread. This is just one way to rethink radishes, those ping pong roots that most people grow — and eat — as an afterthought. We’ve always been told that the humb...
Jun 18, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Island looks forward to getting the blues
One of the first plants to get nabbed at the garden club’s annual plant sale is the blue poppy. After all, nothing raises an eyebrow faster than something that’s out of the ordinary: a camel strolling in downtown New York or a red balloon in a certain movie. Goofy scarecrows and blue flowers demand the same attention. This week we’ll look at two blue flowers, forget-me-nots and blue poppies. Forget-me-nots The nam...
Jun 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Strategize to beat cutworms, root maggots
I’m not growing potatoes this year. Instead, I’m devoting more space to carrots and beets. I like potatoes — love them, in fact — but you can’t juice them. I’m also growing more turnips, the small, golf ball-sized Hakurei turnips. They round out a salad — no pun intended — and the greens provide tons of minerals, vitamins and fiber. No, I haven’t gone wacky over nutrition, juicing or giant carrots. I just don’t ha...
Jun 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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