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Garden Gate: Back from a Hawaiian vacation
After a 2-week vacation in Hawaii, we stepped off the plane in Kodiak to a landscape that was much colder than how we left it. No more rain and squishy lawns. The dry, cool air tingled our noses and snow brightened the dull landscape we endured through January. The big thaw was over. We drove home, unlocked the front door and took a few steps across the tile floor. “It’s cold in here,” I said. We checked the therm...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Take precautions in the warm winter weather
My concern began during a recent spin around the garden. I saw too much green for a January day: Buds forming on rose bushes, pansies still blooming, and poppies acting as though spring had arrived. Had it? I stopped near a raised bed of small evergreen trees and rhododendrons. Yikes! I spotted a slug near a cluster of primroses. Spruce branches covered a patch of perennials, protecting them against an Arctic wint...
Jan 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Garden trends in 2014
People have been tilling the earth and tending gardens for thousands of years. So when I scanned the Garden Media’s 2014 Garden Trends Report, I thought wow, what do trends have to do with real-life gardening? I mean, really, in Kodiak? Admittedly, trend-checking can give us a fresh look, something to aspire to; or maybe just a good laugh. For example, the Garden Writers Association tagged composting as a 2014 tre...
Jan 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Choosing a floral palette
When I started gardening in Kodiak, I was long on ambition but woefully short on experience and cash. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I could satisfy my desire to fill my raised beds easily and inexpensively by starting vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. When flipping through catalogs, I selected veggies and herbs with function in mind. With flowers, emotions kicked in, influenced by photographs of...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Seed catalogues are a cheerful sight
Have you seen the giant red tomato on the cover of Burpee’s 2014 seed catalog? Size matters. The world’s biggest beefsteak tomato is said to tip the scales at up to 3-plus pounds. It’s enough to pull you out of a bad-weather funk. Seed catalogs are arriving earlier this year, and with this soggy weather, they are a cheerful sight. Garden catalogs are great textbooks for increasing your garden knowledge, but they h...
Jan 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardener's almanac is a gem
A delightful little book called “The Curious Gardener’s Almanac” found its way onto my desk a couple weeks before Christmas, a gift from a dear friend. As I read the paragraph on the inside flap, I knew I’d been given a gem. “A garden is not merely a haven of peace and tranquility, or a simple plot of land for vegetables, fruit, and flowers — it is a living encyclopedia of curious and fascinating knowledge, the ro...
Dec 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Searching for the right onion
Now that it’s officially winter, I tend to therapeutically indulge in seed catalogs. Before I flip through the pages, I ponder Oliver Wendell Holmes’ statement: “When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.” So today I’d like to devote a paragraph or two reflecting on the past. Not too much, though I consider it research, to learn what went right, what ...
Dec 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: This time of year is magical
It happens every year. After loading Christmas tree branches with lights and ornaments, I step back to critique my efforts. First I notice holes among the branches. A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment, found my stash of origami paper and started folding. Soon I had whales, penguins, bears and birds perched among the branches. I felt better making a few simple ornaments; time seemed to slow down a notch during t...
Dec 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wellness
‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wellness OK, so holiday and wellness go together like water and peanut butter. Studies show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is between one to three pounds. Oops. The good news is that while the holidays are a time for sharing and giving back, it is possible to ward off any weight gain. The secret: Keep moving. Here are a few ways you can get fit and give back at ...
Dec 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Dates bring flavor to holiday dishes
There are two food plants I’d love to be able to grow, but can’t: Apples (I don’t have space) and dates (I don’t live in the desert). Next to carrots, I think apples are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Both are happy dressed as sweet or savory foods. Dates, though not as versatile as apples, are sweet nuggets of high-fiber nutrition. So imagine my joy last week while vacationing at the Furnace Creek...
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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