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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Turn almost anything green into pesto
Last week’s cold snap was just the heat I needed to get off my you-know-what and harvest the last few vulnerable crops in my garden. I filled plastic totes and trays with carrots, potatoes, leeks and kale. I left the young spinach seedling alone. Having been sown in September and covered with pla...
Nov 07, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Home-coooked meals promote health, togetherness
Last week, Marty and I returned from a few days in Alabama visiting family, followed by a week of hiking in the eastern Sierra Mountains. I took my share of photographs, trekking through groves of yellow aspens in Yosemite Valley and the surrounding canyons. We dined on fragrant cheeses, crackers...
Oct 31, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: When scab crosses the potato line
If you don’t try, you’ll never know. Every year brings more lessons. It’s like maintaining a to-do list and never reaching the end. That’s the nature of gardening. Last year, my potato plants grew too tall, a hefty 24-30 inches tall, telling me I’d improved the soil too heavy-handedly by adding e...
Oct 24, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Old foe of garden plants likes crowding, damp
Warning: This might be the most important garden column you’ll read this year. What causes store-bought strawberries to spoil? Why do raspberries mold on cloudy days? What’s that gray powder on my daffodil bulbs? It started in mid-September as a few brown and gray spots on the geranium leaves. So...
Oct 17, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Green tomatoes ripe for use in tasty recipes
What used to be a novelty is now commonplace: tomatoes. Fresh, locally grown tomatoes. Thanks to the advantage provided by hoophouses and greenhouses, more Kodiak gardeners and cooks are enjoying bumper crops of cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. But what if you have plenty of vine-ripening tomatoes...
Oct 10, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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With right preparation, gardens can handle a little frost
What’s the first clue that you’ll need to locate your long-lost ice scraper to clean off your windshield in the morning? On clear, still, star-filled nights when the weather report calls for temperatures in the low to mid 30s, you can pretty much count on frost. For gardeners hoping to get one mo...
Oct 03, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Throw away your pectin for surprisingly sweet jam
A couple weeks ago, I introduced a double handful of tips for putting your garden to bed as well as prepping it for next spring. Since I couldn’t squeeze all of them into one column, I saved a few for this week. I’ll also share my favorite recipe for making jams the old-fashioned way — without pe...
Sep 26, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Diet help from the garden
While doing lunch dishes the other day, Bruce came into the kitchen and placed an open paperback book on the counter. Pointing to a long paragraph, he said, “Here, you might enjoy reading this bit about food and diet.” And with that, he left the room with Marty and they headed down to the harbor....
Sep 19, 2011 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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