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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Why is rhubarb all different colors?
Summer’s annual march toward autumn is marked by several trends: As pink blooms move up the fireweed stalks, so does the number of times Mack’s Sport Shop staff are asked, “Where should we go to catch salmon?” Whispers, text messages and emails between berry pickers also reach a crescendo this ti...
Aug 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A feast for the eyes and the stomach
A couple questions cropped up this week so I’m taking the opportunity to share what I’ve learned. And before I forget, the Amazing Annual Garden Tour is scheduled for this weekend. Review the details below, and be sure to bring a camera and a note pad.   Are pea flowers edible? Edible garden peas...
Jul 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Midsummer means assessing progress in the garden
Mid-summer is a good time to hit the pause button and conduct a mid-season assessment. Are the tomato plants being stubbornly green the flowers in the hanging baskets looking like old burlap and the carrots stalled out? Yes, there comes a time in mid-summer when we realize that the garden is look...
Jul 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Keep your rhododendrons happy and healthy
You must admit: This year’s rhododendron displays are fabulous.  Large flower trusses, busting with pink, white, lavender, yellow and red add bold splashes of color to our green landscape thanks to the warm weather in June and recent rains.  While rhodies, a top-of-the-world plant, seem to be sel...
Jul 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Sole sticky pest plagues Kodiak gardens
As the summer unfolds, so do the lessons from last winter’s severe cold. In early June for example, grasses, sedges and wildflowers seemed behind the eight ball. But the wild landscape is quickly catching up, witnessed by hikers, fishermen and bear viewers. As for this year’s salmonberry and rasp...
Jul 09, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Research details fish bycatch; Alaska ranks second
A first-ever accounting of bycatch in U.S. fisheries has been achieved by federal scientists in a user-friendly report that aims to set a baseline for the accidental takes of fish, marine mammals, seabirds and other creatures by fishing gear. The National Bycatch Report, based primarily on 2005 d...
Jul 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Golden chain trees: pretty, poisonous, practical
Today’s trip to the Credit Union 1 bank reminded me of one reason why I enjoy this time of year: the cascading yellow flowers of the golden chain tree. And blooming at the bank’s front door is a stunning specimen. Native to the mountains of southern Europe, from France to the Balkan Peninsula, th...
Jul 02, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: The story of the bleeding heart flower
In 1846, Robert Fortune (plant explorer extraordinaire) purchased a live bleeding heart plant at a nursery in Shanghai China and sent it back to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew with a note saying he thought this plant would become very popular with gardeners. Sure enough, within five years the p...
Jun 25, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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