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Marion Owen
 
GARDEN GATE: Perfect year, season for soil composting
When the United Nations declared 2015 as the International Year of the Soils, it wanted to raise the profile of this humble but essential resource — Earth’s own earth. Our (yes, our) soil is at the very heart of successful growing. Yet, while the importance of healthy soil is a truth that’s now u...
Oct 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Growing potatoes on Mars
When I learned that the new movie “The Martian” featured scenes of growing potatoes on Mars, I knew I had to see it. The gem of the plot, which is based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir, goes something like this: A manned mission to Mars goes haywire. Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is pre...
Oct 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Simplify, nutrify your salmon chowder
When you cook for the public, be prepared for challenges, especially when it comes to food allergies. For example, prior to a recent dinner cruise, I noticed the guest roster included a person that was lactose intolerant and another one that was a pescetarian, which is a vegetarian that will eat ...
Sep 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Plants’ urge to grow survives darkness
My humblest inspirations occur when I’m putting the garden to bed in the fall. Will I experience this cerebral “bump” when I near the end of my life? I wonder. The fall equinox is upon us, and the garden says, “I am growing old.” The potato vines are limp and the tubers huddle underground in thei...
Sep 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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