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Marion Owen
 
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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Garden Gate: Prognosticators see average summer for Alaska
It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! — Mark Twain It’s time for our annual check-in with the Farmers’ Almanac, mostly to discover how accurat...
Mar 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Beware the dangers of 'couch potato' seedlings
One day when I was in the second grade, our teacher, Mrs. Sheets, appeared from the dark coatroom carrying a tray of pint-sized milk cartons. “We’re going to plant sunflower seeds and grow them for Easter,” she told the class. By lunch, three dozen orange and white containers lined the windowsill...
Mar 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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