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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Holiday comfort foods and spices
If someone asked you what your favorite comfort food smell was, you’d probably say, “Cinnamon.” Comfort foods are things that make us feel warm and snuggly, relaxed and comforted. And during the holidays, fragrant spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and ginger find their way into many ...
Dec 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 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 ...
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?”...
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 g...
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...
Nov 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: For plants, emotional roots often run deep
It's 4:30 in the morning. I rub my eyes and sit up on the couch, the sleeping bag slips down my shoulders. I am in a Family Room, a cluster of quiet spaces set aside by Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington for out-of-town family members who are visiting patients. The hospital...
Nov 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Dealing with aphids
Having plants festooned with aphids is a common complaint this time of year. Where the heck do aphids come from? More than likely, they piggy-backed their way in on an outdoor plant you brought inside or rode in through the front door on a breeze or your sweater sleeve. Aphids also show up on pla...
Oct 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Tips to minimize Halloween treats
Halloween is a festive day that kids enjoy because they dress up and get treats. But with all the talk of childhood obesity in the news right now, this might be the year to rethink your children’s Halloween candy allotment. By all means, enjoy the holiday with your kids. After all, you don't want...
Oct 22, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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