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Garden Gate: Visiting Ouzinkie’s hillside garden
When serious about improving his footwork or agility, a boxer trains with someone of greater strength. An artist improves his skills by attending master classes, and gardeners learn new tricks by visiting fellow gardeners. That’s why I like to check in with John Bartolino and Christy Matthews, subsistence lifestylists near Ouzinkie. Their hillside home, hoophouse, greenhouse and outside gardens are accessible only...
Aug 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Stay positive during rainy days
This week’s column is devoted to anyone who might be a little down in the dumps over Kodiak’s weather of late. Yes, even I feel a little sad when I see pansies melting in the rain and doing face-plants into the soil. But the other night, during a dinner cruise with guests from South Africa, my attitude received a severe wake-up call. “The crime is so bad where we live,” said one of the guests, “that the gated entr...
Aug 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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