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Marion Owen
 
Keep composting kelp despite salt
In May of 1986, I planted my first veg seedlings in a raised bed that I plopped in the middle of my back yard, on the corner of 17th and Ismailov. I oriented it at a 45-degree angle to the property line, in order to provide the plants with the maximum amount of sunlight. (Later, I observed, it re...
Mar 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community garden coming
Last Thursday, the first day of spring, I took a walk around the garden. The sun felt warm and nourishing. As I adjusted a panel of fishnet draped over a PVC pipe I glanced at my feet and spotted a purple crocus yawning in the sunlight, supported by winter-worn stubs of grass. I lingered a while ...
Mar 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardening in the 1800s a recreational activity for ladies
Between 1750 and 1850, dedicated plant hunters fanned out across the world, looking for plants they could sell. They found wondrous new species by the score: the azalea, aster, rhododendron, and wild cherry, as well as many types of ferns, shrubs, trees, and vines. It was a risky business, fraugh...
Mar 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Cold remedies
It’s my birthday, and I have a cold. It began as a subtle awareness that something different was happening; a little odd; not quite right. I was busy at the time — drafting a proposal, planting seeds and processing photographs — so the change was imperceptible at first and hard to identify. And t...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Spring is getting closer
I don’t know of any other regions in the U.S. where day length is such a big deal as in Alaska. “Wow, we’re gaining almost 5 minutes a day,” is a comment you’re much more likely to hear in a grocery store line in Kodiak more than say, in Alabama. Nonetheless, the first day of spring is so close y...
Mar 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A gardening roundtable
Recently, on a blustery Saturday afternoon, I gathered around a friend’s wooden table with a handful of gardeners to share soup, fresh bread and ideas for the upcoming season. We shuffled through colorful packets of seeds that covered the tabletop like an abstract quilt. A plate of oat-chocolate ...
Feb 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Back from a Hawaiian vacation
After a 2-week vacation in Hawaii, we stepped off the plane in Kodiak to a landscape that was much colder than how we left it. No more rain and squishy lawns. The dry, cool air tingled our noses and snow brightened the dull landscape we endured through January. The big thaw was over. We drove hom...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sweet peas brighten up gloomy days
January is over and we’re one month closer to the gardening season. I’ve been getting emails and comments from local growers for something, anything to ease the blur of dreary weather. So how about starting seeds indoors? What kind of seeds? Well, it’s time to start plants like celery, but I’m th...
Feb 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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