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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Bulbs do well here, brighten dreary spring
I never really appreciated bulbs until I planted four dozen crocus bulbs in our lawn a few Septembers ago. It was the fall before our last big snow year. It was drizzling the day I headed outside to carve holes in the lawn. As I twisted the narrow trowel and poked a walnut-sized bulb into each ho...
Sep 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Northern growers reap a heap of ‘love apples’
Thanks to hoophouses, covered raised beds, and our local farmers’ market, the tomato is becoming a Kodiak staple. Thirty years ago, we never dreamed of such a bounty. Still, the tomato carries its share of myths, legends and troubles. Through history, the rich, acidic fruit that we often call a v...
Aug 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Looking forward, looking back
Cutline: Broccoli, a late summer and fall crop, can be beautiful and mathematical. Romanesco Broccoli takes the form of a fractal — a complex geometrical shape that looks almost the same at every scale factor. So each broccoli is made up of smaller florets that mimic the fractal shape to perfecti...
Aug 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: When things don’t grow as planned
My attempt to grow bush-type zucchini plants in the greenhouse produced a total of three squash. Oh, there were plenty of flowers that received the bliss of pollination, but within days, the flower end of the “fruits” developed a bruise. Then the bruise grew into a brown and moldy mass. Yuck. Cha...
Aug 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: 7 tips for the art of weeding
Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. —Scandinavian Proverb “No garden is without its weeds,” said Thomas Fuller, M.D. Yet weeds probably discourage more gardeners than any other problem, including slugs. Every fall or winter, when gardeners get together, t...
Aug 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: How to control cabbageworms
“What a pretty white butterfly!” said Kathy, a visitor from Minnesota. She was touring our garden recently on a warm sunny day when all manner of insects were out and about. “For each one you squish, I’ll give you a dollar,” I told her. “Wow, that’s quite a reward.” “It’s worth it. Those butterfl...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Summertime and the hawkweed is blooming
There’s a reason why hawkweed is known devil’s paintbrush. (Such names aren’t given to angelic plants, right?). Hawkweed is now listed as one of Top Ten noxious weeds in the U.S. and is reported in all by 15 states. Hawkweed has managed to find its way to many exotic places. Mount Rainier Nationa...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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The truth about lice
Last week, I noticed a Facebook post by someone who’d planted a pepper plant in her greenhouse, and now she was dealing with an aphid infestation. “What should I do?” she said. Aphids suck. Literally. They suck the life out of plants while creating an icky, sticky mess in the process. Aphids, som...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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