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Marion Owen
 
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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Garden Gate: Pumpkins carve niche in society
Pumpkins are rolling into the stores. I’m excited, because I love to carve those shapely squashes into funny-faced characters, and later, to freeze the pulp and pressure-can it in jars. So with Halloween around the corner, I figured it’s time to highlight this many-splendored vegetable and take a...
Oct 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Highbrush cranberry is an overlooked berry
What smells like dirty socks but tastes like a cranberry? If you guessed highbush cranberry, you’re right. Despite its cranberry name and uniquely tart flavor, the highbush cranberry is totally unrelated to the Thanksgiving favorite. So why should you be interested in these berries? First of all,...
Oct 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Why do leaves change colors?
While you were picking lettuce in the garden, walking in Abercrombie or playing in a city park, the trees were working overtime. Yet it isn’t until fall that we really notice our local deciduous trees as they begin to turn yellow, bronze and red. Which brings us to a question we rarely stop to po...
Oct 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Calendula flowers fend off upcoming winter
Now that it’s officially fall, my attitude towards garden chores shifts from maintaining productivity to quiet resignation. All around me, time seems to have sped up: Raspberry leaves, bright green one day, turn yellow and droop along the canes like wet tissues. Lettuce plants that once leaped ou...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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