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Editor’s Note: Garden columnist Marion Owen continues her spring question-and-answer session this week. To see last week’s first question-and-answer column, visit www.kodiakdailymirror.com. Q: We have a lawn, raised beds and a small greenhouse. We do the organic thing in our raised beds, but what about our lawn? We want it to look nice but don't want our kids playing on and running around barefoot on chemical-trea...
Apr 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Plant behavior
Years ago, I reached across the Atlantic Ocean to interview Anthony Trewavas, a plant biochemist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Mr. Trewavas is best known for his work in the fields of plant physiology and molecular biology, polite labels for controversial research that affects every dinner plate around the world. If I’d known at the time that he was one of the United Kingdom’s strongest supporters of...
Mar 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Seeds are the foundation of life
All life on earth begins and ends with seeds. From rice and peanuts to corn kernels and coconuts, seeds provide the majority of the world’s food supply. On a more humble level, every garden and gardener depends on seeds to provide beauty and nourishment. “Seeds are earthbound starships that fly or fall through the air, never leaving our planet,” says Peter Loewer in the introduction to “Seeds, the Definitive Guide...
Mar 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Kale is a must-grow vegetable for Kodiak gardeners
I didn’t grow up with dumplings, (you know, those steamed biscuits that bob on top of hot soups and stews), but today I consider them a favorite comfort food. So when I came across this recipe for kale stew with cornmeal dumplings I had to try it. The recipe comes from another favorite, a book — no, it’s more than that, a reference — called The Book of Kale, by Canadian writer, Sharon Hanna. While I’m not much for...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Tips for first time gardeners
On an overcast spring day in 1985, I was standing on the deck of a Foss tug tied up to the Petro Marine fuel dock, sipping coffee and watching gulls poke around the rocks. Out of the blue, a realization astonished me: I didn’t want to go to sea anymore. Great. Now what? A big question immediately followed: “What do you WANT to do?” And on the heels of that thought, two words appeared in my mind: photography and ga...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners swap seeds
When it comes to spring gardening, Kodiak gardeners are pushing the envelope. Gone are the days when we waited until Memorial Day weekend to sow carrot seeds and transplant seedlings. Thanks to cold frames and plastic covered hoophouses and raised beds, growers can sow crops outside with confidence and hope. This same confidence and hope flourished at Saturday’s annual seed Sswap and potluck, where 15 or so garden...
Feb 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Snow is a gardener's best friend
My host, Janet, was worried about my upcoming visit. “I don’t know if you have heard, but we are experiencing a very dusty winter because of the lack of snow. Be forewarned that I have not started my spring housecleaning — which usually occurs just before my St. Patrick’s Day Party in March, so expect some dust in the house.” “I promise not to bring my white gloves to Anchorage,” I assured her. “I’ll be outside mo...
Jan 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: 2013 is the year of bliss
Don’t worry, be happy: 2013 is the year of bliss. That’s according to Garden Media Group, a trend-spotting agency in Pennsylvania that has designated 2013 as the year when gardeners turn their backs on trouble and strife and more actively seek joy and bliss in their everyday life. “Connecting with nature is a necessity, not a luxury,” says Suzi McCoy, head of GMG, which releases a Garden Trends Report every year. ...
Jan 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Starting the New Year on a clean foot
According to Celtic tradition, the winter solstice is a time to prepare for the New Year by cleaning house. The idea is to start the New Year on a clean foot. Floors are swept from the outside of the room inward (said to prevent good energy from escaping out the front door), and all clothing and linen is washed. Aack, you say. This sounds like too much work. Well, consider two good reasons for spring cleaning in t...
Jan 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Getting through winter
January is upon us, and many of us look for diversions to get us through the valley of winter. We rent movies, try a new green smoothie recipe, join the gym, take photos and, if you’re a certain oil company, you look for new ways to pull a grounded oil rig off the beach. Just when we think we can’t take any more cloudy weather (when even ducking into your greenhouse to hear hail pelting on the roof doesn’t provide...
Jan 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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