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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Take precautions in the warm winter weather
My concern began during a recent spin around the garden. I saw too much green for a January day: Buds forming on rose bushes, pansies still blooming, and poppies acting as though spring had arrived. Had it? I stopped near a raised bed of small evergreen trees and rhododendrons. Yikes! I spotted a...
Jan 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Garden trends in 2014
People have been tilling the earth and tending gardens for thousands of years. So when I scanned the Garden Media’s 2014 Garden Trends Report, I thought wow, what do trends have to do with real-life gardening? I mean, really, in Kodiak? Admittedly, trend-checking can give us a fresh look, somethi...
Jan 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Choosing a floral palette
When I started gardening in Kodiak, I was long on ambition but woefully short on experience and cash. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I could satisfy my desire to fill my raised beds easily and inexpensively by starting vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. When flipping through cata...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Seed catalogues are a cheerful sight
Have you seen the giant red tomato on the cover of Burpee’s 2014 seed catalog? Size matters. The world’s biggest beefsteak tomato is said to tip the scales at up to 3-plus pounds. It’s enough to pull you out of a bad-weather funk. Seed catalogs are arriving earlier this year, and with this soggy ...
Jan 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardener's almanac is a gem
A delightful little book called “The Curious Gardener’s Almanac” found its way onto my desk a couple weeks before Christmas, a gift from a dear friend. As I read the paragraph on the inside flap, I knew I’d been given a gem. “A garden is not merely a haven of peace and tranquility, or a simple pl...
Dec 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Searching for the right onion
Now that it’s officially winter, I tend to therapeutically indulge in seed catalogs. Before I flip through the pages, I ponder Oliver Wendell Holmes’ statement: “When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.” So today I’d like to devote...
Dec 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: This time of year is magical
It happens every year. After loading Christmas tree branches with lights and ornaments, I step back to critique my efforts. First I notice holes among the branches. A few years ago, I had an ah-ha moment, found my stash of origami paper and started folding. Soon I had whales, penguins, bears and ...
Dec 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fish Factor: Halibut scientists will expand stock assessments
Halibut scientists plan to expand the depth and breadth of their stock assessments by 30 percent next summer and will add 390 survey stations to the existing 1,300 that range from Oregon to the Bering Sea. Since 1998, the halibut surveys have been done in depths between 20 and 275 fathoms, where ...
Dec 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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