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Marion Owen
 
How to help your lawn wake up
Do you feel inclined to buy an umbrella these days? Well, you’re not alone. According to National Weather Service data, measured rainfall for Kodiak is about six inches above normal for this time of year. This is good news for people with rain barrels and Pelton wheels, but not so great for lawns...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Young tomatoes need their own space
It’s time to answer questions that enter my consciousness by phone, email, text and Facebook messages. So here we go: Is it too early to start tomatoes? It is not too early to start tomatoes if you start them indoors. Not just on windowsills, but under lights, as in fluorescent light. But start t...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Easter Egg colors to dye for
Natural egg dyes are easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices. And since Easter is right around the corner, now is a good time to gather up supplies. Many common foods and spices make excellent dyes, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to rich hues. The result...
Mar 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners need to dig into detective work
Several years ago I was picking broccoli when I noticed velvety, green, inch-long worms gnawing on the leaves. Never seen them before. I grabbed my camera, going from panicked gardener to calmer detective. After a quick search on the Internet I discovered that the culprit was indeed a cabbage wor...
Mar 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Hybrids expand carrots’ shape, color options
Can you imagine digging up a carrot from your garden and finding out that it weighs 19 pounds? That’s what John Evans of Palmer, Alaska, discovered in 1998. His carrot was verified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at 18.985 pounds. John’s record held up ...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Measures to take to minimize garden damage
It’s starting to look a lot like springtime in Alaska. Really? Several people have asked me about flowering bulbs poking above the soil and buds appearing on bushes, including salmonberries and honeyberries. Like last year around this time, a common question went something like this: “This is onl...
Feb 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Fantastic fowl thrive on non-GMO corn
To experience thousands of birds lifting off in unison in early morning light is what lured us recently to New Mexico’s Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. “Go to the Crane Ponds down the road an hour before sunrise. That’s where you’ll find them,” said David, a volunteer at the refuge vi...
Feb 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Seedlings require more light than mature plants
For today’s column, I want you to think like a seedling, much like I tell my photography students to think like a camera. First, let’s talk a little about how life can seem overly complicated and busy, even in the middle of an Alaskan winter, and then I’ll share how it relates to seed-starting. S...
Feb 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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