Kodiak Daily Mirror - Daily newspaper of Kodiak, Alaska
Marion Owen
GARDEN GATE: When is the best time to water your plants?
Last week, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Southcentral Alaska for unusually warm weather created by an intense high-pressure system, which the NWS says is now “firmly in control over much of the State.” The short and long-term forecast, leading into the longest day of the yea...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: It takes a special breed to plant in coastal Alaska
Sometimes it takes a village. To get set up for the plant sale requires a couple of hours of behind-the-scenes work. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, members of the Kodiak Garden Club arrive, coffee in hand, at the Baranof Park covered ice ring. They start by spreading blue tarps on the floor (to ...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 47 47 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 | 22 22 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 | 27 27 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 | 28 28 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 | 55 55 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 | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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