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Marion Owen
 
1,000th column sprouts garden memories
In life, numbers eventually catch up with us: 50 miles to the next gas station, in 10 minutes the cookies are done, your smartphone is maxed out with photos. And then there’s the number 1,000, which caught up with me this week as the number of garden columns I’ve written to date. The number “one ...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Getting started with container gardening
Halibut tubs, half barrels and pots overflowing with flowers add sparkle to any house, office or garden, but containers can serve a practical purpose, too. Especially for those with little or no garden space. In addition to flowers, you can grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs in container...
May 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Train your seedlings before transplantation
Now that bedding plants have made a colorful splash at local retail centers, the spring gardening race is officially on, though many local gardeners suggest that Old Man Weather needs a talking to. Wait a second! Before you transplant those tender seedlings into your garden, you need a good talki...
May 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Less is more in gardening, photography
I tell people that if given any topic, I can, in a step or two, relate it to gardening. This week I’m going to combine a couple of my favorite topics: gardening and photography. Okay, so this one’s not as difficult as trying to find a common thread between gardening and car racing or gardening an...
May 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s time to take ‘stalk’ of your rhubarb
It was a few Aprils ago: As the Portland-Seattle “Cascades” train rounded a gentle turn between Puyallup and Tacoma, it clicked along the tracks like fingernails strumming a comb. The view through the windows clicked by too, like movie frames: men clustered in tight groups outside warehouses, tal...
Apr 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Bumblebees on lookout for new homes
As I left the greenhouse and walked toward the house, I heard a loud puh- hh-HUP behind me. I twisted around and took two steps toward the ocean, just in time to see an orca whale’s dorsal fin disappear below the surface. I’m always humbled by gifts like this; surprise snippets of life. Like this...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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How to help your lawn wake up
Do you feel inclined to buy an umbrella these days? Well, you’re not alone. According to National Weather Service data, measured rainfall for Kodiak is about six inches above normal for this time of year. This is good news for people with rain barrels and Pelton wheels, but not so great for lawns...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Young tomatoes need their own space
It’s time to answer questions that enter my consciousness by phone, email, text and Facebook messages. So here we go: Is it too early to start tomatoes? It is not too early to start tomatoes if you start them indoors. Not just on windowsills, but under lights, as in fluorescent light. But start t...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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