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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Helping your garden be all it can be
“What’s that shrub?” Many people asked this question about a blueberry-like bush as they strolled through the garden during our open house on Saturday. The handsome shrub is a honeyberry, an edible honeysuckle, and its upright growth makes it a perfect companion to a small garden with a mission t...
May 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Grandma Boswell’s healing taters
To Charlaine Siefert, the potato is more medicine than food. In fact, potatoes have been a tool in her home medicine kit for over fifty years. “The introduction to its use was a gift from my grandmother, Grandma Boswell of Plummer, Idaho.” Charlaine shared a couple of her potato experiences durin...
May 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Ready for planting in May
Ah, the gray whales have arrived to our shores, the salmonberries are budding out, and the eagles and crows are busy building nests. It must be spring. The weather, however, continues to taunt us with rain squalls, but since we’ve passed the 15-hour threshold for length of daylight per day we mus...
Apr 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Slimy slugs make spring appearance
Last week I suggested going out to do a little defensive gardening by de-slugging. I hate to say this, but with these rains, I’ve spotted slugs sliming around the garden. Does that mean we’ll have to deal with armies of slugs this year? Hard to say this early in the season, but slug eggs, which t...
Apr 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Avoid blight infestations when shopping for spud seeds
If you want to attract attention at a dinner party, raise your voice a little and say, “Chitting!” And then be ready to explain your outburst. Let me help… Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow in this whole wide world. For Alaskans, it’s staple crop. And while it’s not quite time to sta...
Apr 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Take care removing mulch
It’s spring and as the sap is rising in the garden and in gardener. This is the time to resist the mounting feeling of panic. When spring arrives, you can feel like the plate is already full. Don’t let thoughts like, “What happened to getting the winter projects done?” and “There’s so much to do ...
Apr 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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