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Garden Gate: More thought on herbs
There are 55 — count them — 55 hoophouses on Kodiak Island. For the first time in the island’s history, residents have a sure-fire way to grow local vegetables that is not directly affected by the whims of the weather. Still, with all the emphasis on garden vegetables (to eat) and flowers (to beautify), herbs often are overlooked and treated as an afterthought. (Unless you're a cook, when they become front-burner ...
May 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: An assortment of questions
Editor’s Note: Gardening columnist Marion Owen is answering more questions from readers and local gardeners. Email mygarden@alaska.net to submit questions of your own Q: During the snow-dump a week ago Sunday, many of my bulbs were covered. Is this a good or bad thing? A: That depends. According to Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage garden writer, bulbs “have antifreeze systems that protect them from frosts.” If they had b...
Apr 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Herbal wisdom
Local herbalist Gayla Pedersen stopped by my organic gardening class recently to share some herbal wisdom. It was a delightful and engaging visit, full of personal stories, recipes, practical advice — all sprinkled with a little lore. Holding up a jar of homemade toothpaste in one hand and pointing to a group of potted herbs with the other, Gayla dove right in. “Herbs don’t like to be wet. They prefer a soil that’...
Apr 22, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: More Q&A
Editor’s Note: Marion Owen’s spring gardening Q&A continues with Part 4 this week. For parts one and two, see the April 8, April 1 and March 25 and issues of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Q: Since we started a small garden, slowly but surely my family is eating more veggies. But lately I feel like I’m in a rut, cooking them the same way. How can I keep everyone’s interest? A. There’s nothing like being in a rut to spar...
Apr 15, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Q&A Part 3
Editor’s Note: Marion Owen’s spring gardening Q&A continues with Part 3 this week. For parts one and two, see the April 1 and March 25 issues of the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Q: The calendar says it’s spring, but after last weekend’s snowfall, winter is not over. My perennials are starting to poke through the soil. What can I do to protect them? A. Snow is not the enemy; freezes (not frost) without snow cover, are. Fro...
Apr 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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More Q & A with Kodiak's greenest thumb
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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