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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Eye-popping sweet peas
A few years ago, in the dead of winter, I received a small package from a British gardener who’d been following my blog postings. Inside I found a beautifully illustrated book called “A Bunch of Sweet Peas,” a true story that took place 100 years ago in the Scottish border village of Sproutston. ...
Feb 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Greatest veggie hits for growing up north
When Robert E. Peary prepared for his final attempt to reach the North Pole in 1909, his provisions included an astounding list of supplies: 16,000 pounds of flour, 10,000 pounds of sugar, 10,000 pounds of “biscuit,” 100 cases of condensed milk, 3,000 pounds of dried fish and 30,000 pounds of pem...
Feb 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Winter seed starts preview garden indoors
Since this winter has been rather blustery, here’s my No. 1 reason for starting seeds indoors: Growing something green is a sure cure for the restlessness that plagues gardeners while the weather is cold and gray and when the itch to garden comes much sooner than the warm weather. Starting seeds ...
Feb 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Cures for ‘analysis paralysis’
Dan Burns is a friend of mine who works as a professional sports photographer. Based out of Connecticut, he covers a wide range of events from polo to pro football, theater, dance and wildlife. “I photograph anything that moves,” he told me last summer on his way to Katmai to spend time with bear...
Feb 06, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Global warming changes Kodiak growing zone
Kodiak Island has come up in the world. Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture unveiled its new, color-coded plant hardiness zone map. According to the new data, it is now safe to plant new species in many parts of the nation. These new growing guidelines have been updated for the first ti...
Jan 30, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A rainbow on your plate
It’s been a snowy winter and it’s easy to let the weather get you down. “I’m ready for summer!” wailed a grocery store clerk the other day. But things are looking up: We’re almost up to eight hours of daylight, the hoophouse ordinance was adopted by the Kodiak Island Borough, and it’s citrus seas...
Jan 23, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Health and savings go hand-in-hand at home
There’s growing evidence that industrial food (grown by large corporations) just isn’t what it used to be. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are ways to navigate through the ever-confusing sea of information and news about the food we eat. Here are lots of tips to help you cut cost...
Jan 16, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Freeze-thaw changes hurt more than low temps
The signs are all around us: Birds fluffing up their feathers, freezing water pipes, and skaters are enjoying the best ice in recent memory. Yes, the cold air that has inched its way down from the Interior is predicted to continue this week. Knowing that, we can take steps to prevent our pipes fr...
Jan 03, 2012 | 1 1 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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