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Garden Gate: Workshop covers several topics
When asked if eating home-grown kale could be as dangerous as eating a nitrate-laced hot dog, Lydia Clayton didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she used the opportunity to teach us something about winter vegetable gardening that we’d never considered. Originally from Oregon, Lydia Clayton knows a thing or two about gardening in a cool, moist climate. Kodiak took her by surprise. “It’s 50 degrees today. It feels like the ...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A grabbag of questions
Garden columnist Marion Owen answers your questions each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Ask your questions at mygarden@alaska.net. Q: Can shredded computer paper be used as mulch in the garden or be added to the compost pile? A: The good news is that many studies have tested the safety and usefulness of shredded paper in the garden. The not-so-good news is that they came up with different answers. Newsprint ge...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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From Soup to Nuts: A sauce sutied for Thanskgiving
My preparations for Thanksgiving Day are an extended affair because I like my holiday cooking to be easy so I may focus on family. Throughout the month, while I make our regular evening meal, I will also prepare one dish for the Thanksgiving Day meal. Over the years, I have found that much of the meal can be prepared in advance, frozen and reheated to great success. I have reduced my actual cooking on Thanksgiving...
Nov 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Using organic matter in the garden
The longer I garden, the more I appreciate the value of organic matter, compost and mulch. Three of the best local sources of organic matter are fish bone meal, seaweed and autumn leaves. Leaves are jam-packed with trace minerals that trees draw from the soil. When added to your garden, leaves feed earthworms and beneficial microbes. They lighten our heavy soil and help it retain (and drain) moisture as necessary....
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for winterizing your yard and garden
Weather for this Halloween week is forecasted to be WWW: Warm, Wet and Windy. While discussing the unusual balmy weather with a friend of mine, she said, “Yeah, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” adding, “We’re still pulling carrots.” Lately, weather has been on the front burner of many conversations. Skiers and deer hunters wring their hands, waiting for snow, while Chiniak commuters are grateful for ice-free roads. N...
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: TomTato: Growing two cooking staples together
I’m all about combining potatoes and tomatoes together when cooking a soup, but I never thought about combining them in the garden until now. Thompson & Morgan, the seed catalog company, has developed a new tomato variety that not only produces fruit (described as sweeter and better tasting than anything you can find in the supermarket), but will also create a bountiful crop of white potatoes at the end of the sea...
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: When to pick tomatoes
When it comes to growing tomatoes on Kodiak Island, I turn to Sandee Drabek. So it made perfect sense to ask her the big follow-up question, “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?” I laughed at her first response, which was so logical and forthright it caught me off guard. “Well, my friend, red is good for ripe tomatoes,” adding “or a rich gold or tangerine depending on the variety.” Sandee, who has studied the a...
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flowers fade, but weeds don't
When fishermen hang up their nets in late summer, skippers and crew members glance at each other, silently saying, “Okay, season’s over.” In late fall, gardeners do the same thing: When the last flower fades, many growers put their trowels away and murmur, “Okay, season’s over.” Not so fast. To everything there is a season, and there’s weeding to be done. A few years ago I asked Blythe Brown what more can done in ...
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to winterize your plants
It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. That’s how I felt when I walked around the garden last week. Marigolds that had glowed yellow and orange in August, looked as if they’d donned brown trench coats. The rhubarb looked trampled and the delphinium by the front door that once towered over my head with purple and white hooded flowers, looked like dead bamboo. But I discovered bright spots during my walk. Turnips,...
Sep 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Fall is in the air
Yesterday’s autumnal equinox reminded me that it’s not June anymore. Every year, the calendarural event yanks me out of denial. Still, I welcome the change, and as I search for exquisite light in autumn’s sunrises and colorful landscapes, it gives my camera purpose. It reminds me of something that photographer Galen Rowell used to say: “The edges of nature is where you’ll find dynamic light and landscapes.” I noti...
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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