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GARDEN GATE: Expert: Buttercups getting out of control
Janice Chumley, Research Technician for the Cooperative Extension Service, arrived in Kodiak last week with a full dance card. Her dance partners: Anyone with dealing with bugs, critters, or weeds. Janice’s visit, long overdue and warmly welcomed by home gardeners, growers and local farmers, was ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Recipes for homemade insect, slug sprays
Last week I talked about using Epsom salts in a liquid form to spray on, or water, ailing plants. In the garden Epsom salts provide plants with magnesium (Mg), which helps with seed germination, strengthen cell walls and ultimately boost flower production and fruiting, as in tomato formation. Pub...
Jun 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Thank mild winter for rat explosion
It was beyond embarrassing. Years ago, during the summer garden tour, I was talking to a guest about growing celery (or was it poppies?), when suddenly she looked away from me and then lowered her voice. “Marion, an R-A-T just ran across your lawn.” After three years of non-winters, reports of ra...
May 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Change tasks to give your back a break
The Kodiak Garden Club's annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at the Baranov Park skating rink. It’s more like a fishing derby: The doors open at 10 a.m., though the line forms earlier with folks sipping hot coffee—early birds hoping to take home trays of choice, locally grown flow...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Spring advice on Sluggo, peat moss, rhubarb
Last Saturday’s sunny, calm weather brought Kodiak out of the woodwork: People picking up litter, families tidepooling, BBQ’s smoking, and lawnmowers whirring. It must be spring: No matter where I go these days, there’s a garden question waiting for me. So here are a few tips I’d like to share th...
May 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Reasons to garden from food to fun to health
Why do we garden? A garden means different things to different people. In 1899, gardener, author and English Anglican priest Samuel Reynolds Hole dwelt happily on the subject of his favorite craft by writing: “I asked a schoolboy, in the sweet summertide, ‘What he thought a garden was for?’ and h...
May 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: El Niño y La Niña: No telling what’s next
Gardeners, outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen and families are celebrating the warmer than average April. But if April is the new May, then is May the new June? Perhaps, for a couple months. It all depends on El Niño, which is weakening, according to Climate.gov. Thanks to El Niño we are coming out o...
Apr 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Master of disguise pests sneak in on compost
I stood in the greenhouse with a garden friend, admiring a tray of onion seedlings. Standing tall, the seedlings looked like tiny green chopsticks. “Would you like to take a few with you?” I asked, knowing she’d be leaving soon to return to her remote garden-home on the west side of Kodiak Island...
Apr 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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