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Garden Gate: This time of year is magical
It happens every year. After loading Christmas tree branches with lights and ornaments, I step back to critique my efforts. First I notice holes among the branches. A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment, found my stash of origami paper and started folding. Soon I had whales, penguins, bears and ...
Dec 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut scientists will expand stock assessments
Halibut scientists plan to expand the depth and breadth of their stock assessments by 30 percent next summer and will add 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300 that range from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998, the halibut surveys have been done in depths between 20 and 275 fathoms, where ...
Dec 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wellness
‘Tis the Season for Holiday Wellness OK, so holiday and wellness go together like water and peanut butter. Studies show that the average weight gain during the winter holidays is between one to three pounds. Oops. The good news is that while the holidays are a time for sharing and giving back, it...
Dec 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Dates bring flavor to holiday dishes
There are two food plants I’d love to be able to grow, but can’t: Apples (I don’t have space) and dates (I don’t live in the desert). Next to carrots, I think apples are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Both are happy dressed as sweet or savory foods. Dates, though not as versatile ...
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Amaryllis bulbs are a perfect holiday gift
Never mind the tinsel and fake Christmas trees: When boxes of Amaryllis bulbs start showing up in the stores, I know Christmas is around the corner. And if you treat the flowers right, they’ll bloom next Christmas. The baseball-sized bulbs that arrive in a colorful boxes are the perfect gift for ...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Workshop covers several topics
When asked if eating home-grown kale could be as dangerous as eating a nitrate-laced hot dog, Lydia Clayton didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she used the opportunity to teach us something about winter vegetable gardening that we’d never considered. Originally from Oregon, Lydia Clayton knows a thing ...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A grabbag of questions
Garden columnist Marion Owen answers your questions each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Ask your questions at mygarden@alaska.net. Q: Can shredded computer paper be used as mulch in the garden or be added to the compost pile? A: The good news is that many studies have tested the safety and us...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Using organic matter in the garden
The longer I garden, the more I appreciate the value of organic matter, compost and mulch. Three of the best local sources of organic matter are fish bone meal, seaweed and autumn leaves. Leaves are jam-packed with trace minerals that trees draw from the soil. When added to your garden, leaves fe...
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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