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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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Garden Gate: Time to get rid of the Christmas tree
Ah, the Christmas tree. Maybe your cat has pulled it to the floor more times than you care to think about. Perhaps you’re tired of vacuuming prickly needles off the carpet. Whatever the reason, when a Christmas tree is no longer the symbol of the season, it’s time to send it to tree heaven. How to do that? Let’s look at a variety of options. Anchorage recycles Christmas trees in a cooperative venture between Alask...
Dec 31, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Getting to know your camera
This week, I'll diverge from recipes, solstice and gardening for a moment to share a few photography tips. After all, it’s the holiday season, the perfect time to capture magic moments with friends and family. With a few simple tips, you can get creative with your photography, whether you shoot with a fancy DSLR (digital single lens reflex), a point ‘n shoot, iPad or smartphone. So let’s get started… Be married to...
Dec 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Celebrating the return of light
This summer, when Heather Johnson wanted to grow basil in her hoophouse, she knew there was plenty of sunlight to make the tender herb happy, but what she really needed to do was provide extra heat, especially around the roots. So she took Christmas rope lights (the non-LED kind) and tucked them into the soil, a few inches down. “The only place it came up was over the lights. Really showed me that it does make a d...
Dec 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Reading material for gardeners
“Baby, it’s cold outside…” trilled the song, but where I was standing, the environment was toasty warm, smelling like books and fresh coffee. As it should have, inside Powell’s City of Books in Portland, Ore., which claims to be the largest independent bookstore in the world. I was in the orange section, browsing through tall shelves jammed with cooking, gardening, agriculture and sustainable living titles. Then I...
Dec 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to keep care of Christmas cacti
As the days turn cold and we shuffle closer to the holiday season, our attention shifts toward indoor activities. So it’s no surprise that after a summer hiatus, houseplants receive more attention and I, in turn, am privy to grocery aisle comments like, “Why does my Christmas cactus look so bad?” or “Why do the flower buds form and then drop off?” Christmas cacti are the subject of frequent debates among gardeners...
Nov 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Getting the garden ready for winter
Getting your garden put to bed for winter can really save some effort next year. As I’ve mentioned in past columns, putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. Easy. Today I’d like to share a few more how-to tips and paint a little picture of what goes on behind the scenes during this transition period between seasons. While it appears as if all activity in the garde...
Nov 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Kale is king
After a hard freeze, lettuce turns to mush and flowers sag to the ground like warm taffy. But not kale. Kale bounces back like those Roly Poly Tippy Toy Clowns that spring back to an upright position after you push them over. Over the past few years, local gardeners have discovered that kale is a vegetable to be respected and appreciated in the garden (as a survivor) as well as in the kitchen (as a nutritional her...
Nov 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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