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Garden Gate: Workshop covers several topics
When asked if eating home-grown kale could be as dangerous as eating a nitrate-laced hot dog, Lydia Clayton didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she used the opportunity to teach us something about winter vegetable gardening that we’d never considered. Originally from Oregon, Lydia Clayton knows a thing ...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A grabbag of questions
Garden columnist Marion Owen answers your questions each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Ask your questions at mygarden@alaska.net. Q: Can shredded computer paper be used as mulch in the garden or be added to the compost pile? A: The good news is that many studies have tested the safety and us...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Using organic matter in the garden
The longer I garden, the more I appreciate the value of organic matter, compost and mulch. Three of the best local sources of organic matter are fish bone meal, seaweed and autumn leaves. Leaves are jam-packed with trace minerals that trees draw from the soil. When added to your garden, leaves fe...
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for winterizing your yard and garden
Weather for this Halloween week is forecasted to be WWW: Warm, Wet and Windy. While discussing the unusual balmy weather with a friend of mine, she said, “Yeah, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” adding, “We’re still pulling carrots.” Lately, weather has been on the front burner of many conversations....
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: TomTato: Growing two cooking staples together
I’m all about combining potatoes and tomatoes together when cooking a soup, but I never thought about combining them in the garden until now. Thompson & Morgan, the seed catalog company, has developed a new tomato variety that not only produces fruit (described as sweeter and better tasting than ...
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: When to pick tomatoes
When it comes to growing tomatoes on Kodiak Island, I turn to Sandee Drabek. So it made perfect sense to ask her the big follow-up question, “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?” I laughed at her first response, which was so logical and forthright it caught me off guard. “Well, my friend, red ...
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flowers fade, but weeds don't
When fishermen hang up their nets in late summer, skippers and crew members glance at each other, silently saying, “Okay, season’s over.” In late fall, gardeners do the same thing: When the last flower fades, many growers put their trowels away and murmur, “Okay, season’s over.” Not so fast. To e...
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to winterize your plants
It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. That’s how I felt when I walked around the garden last week. Marigolds that had glowed yellow and orange in August, looked as if they’d donned brown trench coats. The rhubarb looked trampled and the delphinium by the front door that once towered over my he...
Sep 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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