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Garden Gate: Chives a hardy herb to complement dishes
Last week, Joel and Martine Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries organized a fundraiser event to benefit the families of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich. The event, attended by nearly 80 residents, was the 12th year that Chenet organized the “First Salmon of the Year.” Just as fishermen look forward to the salmon’s return in the spring, gardeners and cooks also look forward to garden first...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: For the love of rhubarb
Our mild spring has brought our fair island more than warm temperatures. For one thing, it has launched many rhubarb patches into overdrive. Looking at our crop, the height and health of the plants look more like a mid-summer growth, not early June. So I’m featuring rhubarb this week, albeit a little earlier this year than normal. Ah, but we’re not the only ones celebrating rhubarb. Do you know who are probably th...
Jun 02, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Clematis and Rhododendrons
By Marion Owen If you’re a clematis or rhododendron, you’re showing your gratitude for a mild spring with showy, colorful blooms. I’d probably do the same thing if I were a flower. Clematis is a flower of the climbing kind. I purchased a plant several years ago from a nursery in Homer. It has been a test of patience though, as it takes several years for a clematis to mature and begin flowering profusely. “It’ll lo...
May 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Grandma Boswell’s healing taters
To Charlaine Siefert, the potato is more medicine than food. In fact, potatoes have been a tool in her home medicine kit for over fifty years. “The introduction to its use was a gift from my grandmother, Grandma Boswell of Plummer, Idaho.” Charlaine shared a couple of her potato experiences during my organic gardening class. We were spellbound as we too learned that the potato is much more than a food. After the c...
May 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Ready for planting in May
Ah, the gray whales have arrived to our shores, the salmonberries are budding out, and the eagles and crows are busy building nests. It must be spring. The weather, however, continues to taunt us with rain squalls, but since we’ve passed the 15-hour threshold for length of daylight per day we must be on the home stretch. And there is much to do before planting outside. For many gardeners, the traditional planting-...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Whales follow spring in the ocean
The calendar claims that spring has come. Outside I notice some swollen buds on trees and bushes and new green blades of grass. However, cold winds and rain still hit my face and my hands are freezing after I have taken my dog for her evening walk around the block. I have childhood memories, where spring literally sprang into life and within a few days everything went from winter brown to bright green speckled wit...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Slimy slugs make spring appearance
Last week I suggested going out to do a little defensive gardening by de-slugging. I hate to say this, but with these rains, I’ve spotted slugs sliming around the garden. Does that mean we’ll have to deal with armies of slugs this year? Hard to say this early in the season, but slug eggs, which thrive in moist conditions, are capable of surviving a Kodiak winter if it’s mild enough. Slugs lay small masses of white...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Avoid blight infestations when shopping for spud seeds
If you want to attract attention at a dinner party, raise your voice a little and say, “Chitting!” And then be ready to explain your outburst. Let me help… Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow in this whole wide world. For Alaskans, it’s staple crop. And while it’s not quite time to start growing potatoes (unless you have a hoophouse) it is time to line up your seed. I know of nobody who grows potatoes f...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardening in the 1800s a recreational activity for ladies
Between 1750 and 1850, dedicated plant hunters fanned out across the world, looking for plants they could sell. They found wondrous new species by the score: the azalea, aster, rhododendron, and wild cherry, as well as many types of ferns, shrubs, trees, and vines. It was a risky business, fraught with dangers. If it wasn’t malaria or yellow fever, one could succumb to starvation or get trampled by a wild bull. On...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Cold remedies
It’s my birthday, and I have a cold. It began as a subtle awareness that something different was happening; a little odd; not quite right. I was busy at the time — drafting a proposal, planting seeds and processing photographs — so the change was imperceptible at first and hard to identify. And then, like a gremlin sneaking around the corner, it showed itself in the light of day with a “Boo!” in the form of a ting...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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