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Garden Gate: Fantastic fowl thrive on non-GMO corn
To experience thousands of birds lifting off in unison in early morning light is what lured us recently to New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. “Go to the Crane Ponds down the road an hour before sunrise. That’s where you’ll find them,” said David, a volunteer at the refuge visitor center. The next morning we rose at 5 a.m. and drove to pullout just inside the refuge’s entrance. As we made our ...
Feb 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Seedlings require more light than mature plants
For today’s column, I want you to think like a seedling, much like I tell my photography students to think like a camera. First, let’s talk a little about how life can seem overly complicated and busy, even in the middle of an Alaskan winter, and then I’ll share how it relates to seed-starting. Sometimes it feels like we try to squeeze as many tasks as possible into a limited span of time and, by doing so, we’ve a...
Feb 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Growing vegetables from seed
Primroses are blooming and garlic bulbs are sprouting. Sounds lovely, but it’s January, not May. Because my crystal ball is a little dusty, I don’t dare predict what February and March will bring. Some things don’t change, though. Like seed starting. Oh sure, varieties ebb and flow, especially when it comes to hybrid seeds (we’ll talk about that in a future column), but the basics of seed starting is the same. Gro...
Jan 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Decide early for your spring garden
While it may seem a tad early, there are some major decisions that you should be making about this spring’s garden. For example, are you adding box-in raised beds or turning back some lawn for landscape gardens? Do you plan to buy shrubs or trees this season? Do you need to set aside space for compost bins or a chicken coop? What about your annual beds? Do you plan to buy bedding plants or grow them from seed? Do ...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: What’s going on for garden trends this year?
Maybe you haven’t been sitting on the edge of your seat pondering that question, but Garden Media Group has. They just released its annual garden trends report for 2015. The report, called “Unearthing the Best Life” identifies consumer trends that will shape the garden and outdoor living industry and resonate in the coming year. Every year I review these declarations with hopes that maybe it will address trends th...
Jan 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: New hybrids plants ready for local tryouts
Believe it or not, it’s time to think gardening and 2015 looks to be a fun, groundbreaking year for new plant introductions. Not only are numerous improved varieties ready to debut, but breeders have come up with several all-new plant types by crossing two species with one another. I’m talking hybrids as in cross-breeding, not genetic engineering. Are you ready for Kalettes, a combination of kale and Brussels spro...
Jan 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Ways to brighten up winter
It was a late afternoon a few Decembers ago, and I was at the post office, pulling mail from an overstuffed box. As I tugged, a corner of red paper poked out from between envelopes. It was my Ode magazine. I couldn’t wait to flip through its pages. At home, with a cup of tea, I turned to the lead article: “In Praise of Intelligent Optimists: 25 Reasons to be optimistic in these challenging times,” by Editor and Pu...
Dec 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 33 33 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 | 146 146 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 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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