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Garden Gate: Snake poop compost
When I was about 8, my brothers and I loved to play with garter snakes. We found them in great numbers by the stand of cattails circling the swamp, a pond where frogs and tadpoles lived. We gathered dozens of snakes and set them in a pillow case (the same one used for collecting fruit bats) and c...
May 07, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Carrots love Kodiak
Eliot Coleman, author of “The Winter Harvest Handbook,” says carrots have an almost “legendary popularity” in their markets. “We cannot grow enough of them to meet the demand. While delivering in our stores we have seen little children rush to the produce counter, entreating their parents to buy ...
Apr 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Bringing damaged equipment back to life
The retreating snowbanks have revealed a few casualties around our yard: tip-burned rhododendrons, dead strawberries and a couple 5-gallon buckets with split bottoms. But within every misfortune lies a benefit; it just depends on your attitude. Here are several ways to turn a boo-boo into a bless...
Apr 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Try aspirin water to cure some of gardening's frequent headaches
Several people have asked me about using aspirin water as a remedy for ailing plants, so it’s time to revisit the subject. I learned about using aspirin water several years ago and based on my experience, it’s something you should consider adding to your gardening first aid kit. Many conditions c...
Apr 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: On the cusp of outdoor gardening
Early spring can be a frustrating time of year. The days are finally warm and light enough to work outside into the evening, but the soil is too wet, too cool or too covered — with snow — to dig. But soon it will be May and suddenly you’re as busy as a one-armed paper hanger trying to make up for...
Apr 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Winter hard on Kodiak raspberries, Ariz. cactus
After breakfast — cheese, cherry tomatoes, toasted bagel and coffee — Natasha and I loaded our camera bags and tripods into her white Subaru and drove east out of Tucson along Speedway Boulevard, a six-lane watering hole attracting all manner of Americana — Sparkle Laundries, Starbucks, gas stati...
Apr 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: The secrets of pH for gardeners and beer lovers
Gardeners often read the recommendation to check soil pH, but what does that mean and why is it important? The pH is simply a measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is. When I say substance, this can mean swimming pool water, cheese or beer — all is influenced by pH. Soil acidity or alkalini...
Mar 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Getting to know your seeds is important process
If last weekend’s seed swap was any indication of excitement over gardening, then this season will be a banner year. On Sunday afternoon, 15 gardeners gathered in Heather Johnson’s kitchen to learn the fine art seed-starting, and share, buy and exchange seeds. There was fruit punch, fresh coffee ...
Mar 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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