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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Simple gifts at heart of Christmas
When I started writing this column 15 years ago, I often included a pre-Christmas piece about simple gifts for gardeners. Then I decided to change it to just simple gifts for everyone. Things change. If you Google “simple gifts” you’ll find everything from lyrics for the Shaker song “Simple Gifts...
Dec 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Thanks to houseplants for cleaner air
Every once in a while, I get a phone call from a distraught plant owner. The call might go something like this: “Ten years ago, I brought a plant cutting back to Kodiak after attending Mom’s funeral service. I planted it right away, but now it’s not doing so good. What should I do? it was Mom’s f...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: How the ocean garden can help your garden
The sun was shining on a recent Sunday afternoon, so I donned a jacket and struck out for a walk along Mission Road. When I reached the edge of the crescent beach, I noticed a busy gathering of trucks, people, buckets, totes and tools. It was low tide and the pickings were good; not for clams and...
Dec 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Record rainfall hurts pumpkin season
In preparation of each Friday’s circuit workout at the Kodiak Athletic Club, owner Lindsay Knight declares the T-shirt color we’re supposed to wear. This last week, it was pumpkin orange. Folks arrived in every shade of orange imaginable, from vivid, Day-Glo orange to a muted orange-brown. “Your ...
Nov 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Michael Ableman: author, farmer, inspiraion
As I sipped my coffee, a large British Columbia Ferry made its way through a narrow, rock-lined channel in front of the bed and breakfast we were staying in on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. It was Oct. 11, an overcast day, the day before Canada’s Thanksgiving. Our hosts who lived upstairs...
Nov 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Proverbs, experience help predict weather
Spring and fall can be the toughest seasons for gardeners to forecast the weather. Maybe it just seems more difficult because it’s also when there a lot at stake, garden-wise. In the spring, young seedlings, tender perennial shoots and berry blossoms are at their most vulnerable time. And in the ...
Nov 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Pumpkins make healthier alternatives to pie
Thanks mostly to marketing, Halloween is recognized as that sweet time of year when children can collect and eat as much candy as they want. Scary, eh? But with the obesity rate triple what it was a generation ago, and the number of cavities among children said to be increasing, many parents and ...
Oct 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Perfect year, season for soil composting
When the United Nations declared 2015 as the International Year of the Soils, it wanted to raise the profile of this humble but essential resource — Earth’s own earth. Our (yes, our) soil is at the very heart of successful growing. Yet, while the importance of healthy soil is a truth that’s now u...
Oct 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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