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Marion Owen
 
GARDEN GATE: Surprises in the garden
Last Friday it poured, but at the Kodiak Athletic Club, it was bright and sunny. Friday was ‘neon shirt day,’ which meant you were encouraged to arrive at the gym wearing day-glow t-shirts. Let me tell you, a bunch of humans bench pressing and doing push ups in hot pink, hot orange and chartreuse...
Apr 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Warm winter moves up spring planting
Back in the old days, you planned your spring gardening To-do list based on planting out on Memorial Day. I think we can all agree that this year’s planting day will be much earlier. Not only did the soil not freeze into giant blocks, but you can be that slugs are up and around, cavorting in our ...
Apr 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Planting research in the days before Google
In my early attempts at gardening in Kodiak, I planted garlic bulbs upside down, allowed lettuce plants to mature into towers of bitterness, and declined to sow a packet of calendula seeds because they resembled desiccated maggots. I was happy to discover that the public library was stocked with ...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Training season for seedlings before big move
How to transplant seedlings For Kodiak’s outdoor lovers, this is eagle-watching time. Lured by the all-you-can-eat buffet along cannery row, bald eagles flock to trees, rooftops and light poles searching for the next gourmet meal. The food fest goes on for weeks. Then as winter fishing slows, eag...
Mar 21, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Crazy weather and planting schedules
Last week, a friend from Colorado asked if we had snow in Kodiak. Snow? What snow? She was lamenting that her family was missing out on a lot of skiing this winter for lack of the white stuff. And what about Kodiak? What does this year’s weird weather mean for local gardeners? January and Februar...
Mar 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Enjoy all the carrots of the rainbow
As the saying goes, it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness, an axiom we can apply to our seemingly unending stretch of rain: It’s better to plant flowers than curse the weather. By “plant” flowers, I’m saying that simply gathering flowers around you (store-bought bouquets, forced h...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Relative of berry came from China
When I was little, growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, spring and summer couldn’t come too quickly. Tagging along with my mother on grocery shopping trips provided a little sunshine in the form of bright red oranges. As we wheeled the cart by the larger-than-life bins in the produce sectio...
Feb 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: The remainder of the fertilizers
Last week I introduced the Big Three: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) as part of our crash course in fertilizers. Today we’ll cover the secondary elements: Calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, plus the rest of the supporting cast. Now you might think, “Why the heck do I need to know abo...
Feb 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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