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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Avoid blight infestations when shopping for spud seeds
If you want to attract attention at a dinner party, raise your voice a little and say, “Chitting!” And then be ready to explain your outburst. Let me help… Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow in this whole wide world. For Alaskans, it’s staple crop. And while it’s not quite time to sta...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Take care removing mulch
It’s spring and as the sap is rising in the garden and in gardener. This is the time to resist the mounting feeling of panic. When spring arrives, you can feel like the plate is already full. Don’t let thoughts like, “What happened to getting the winter projects done?” and “There’s so much to do ...
Apr 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keep composting kelp despite salt
In May of 1986, I planted my first veg seedlings in a raised bed that I plopped in the middle of my back yard, on the corner of 17th and Ismailov. I oriented it at a 45-degree angle to the property line, in order to provide the plants with the maximum amount of sunlight. (Later, I observed, it re...
Mar 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community garden coming
Last Thursday, the first day of spring, I took a walk around the garden. The sun felt warm and nourishing. As I adjusted a panel of fishnet draped over a PVC pipe I glanced at my feet and spotted a purple crocus yawning in the sunlight, supported by winter-worn stubs of grass. I lingered a while ...
Mar 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardening in the 1800s a recreational activity for ladies
Between 1750 and 1850, dedicated plant hunters fanned out across the world, looking for plants they could sell. They found wondrous new species by the score: the azalea, aster, rhododendron, and wild cherry, as well as many types of ferns, shrubs, trees, and vines. It was a risky business, fraugh...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Cold remedies
It’s my birthday, and I have a cold. It began as a subtle awareness that something different was happening; a little odd; not quite right. I was busy at the time — drafting a proposal, planting seeds and processing photographs — so the change was imperceptible at first and hard to identify. And t...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Spring is getting closer
I don’t know of any other regions in the U.S. where day length is such a big deal as in Alaska. “Wow, we’re gaining almost 5 minutes a day,” is a comment you’re much more likely to hear in a grocery store line in Kodiak more than say, in Alabama. Nonetheless, the first day of spring is so close y...
Mar 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A gardening roundtable
Recently, on a blustery Saturday afternoon, I gathered around a friend’s wooden table with a handful of gardeners to share soup, fresh bread and ideas for the upcoming season. We shuffled through colorful packets of seeds that covered the tabletop like an abstract quilt. A plate of oat-chocolate ...
Feb 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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