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Marion Owen
 
GARDEN GATE: How to control cabbageworms
“What a pretty white butterfly!” said Kathy, a visitor from Minnesota. She was touring our garden recently on a warm sunny day when all manner of insects were out and about. “For each one you squish, I’ll give you a dollar,” I told her. “Wow, that’s quite a reward.” “It’s worth it. Those butterfl...
Jul 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Summertime and the hawkweed is blooming
There’s a reason why hawkweed is known devil’s paintbrush. (Such names aren’t given to angelic plants, right?). Hawkweed is now listed as one of Top Ten noxious weeds in the U.S. and is reported in all by 15 states. Hawkweed has managed to find its way to many exotic places. Mount Rainier Nationa...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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The truth about lice
Last week, I noticed a Facebook post by someone who’d planted a pepper plant in her greenhouse, and now she was dealing with an aphid infestation. “What should I do?” she said. Aphids suck. Literally. They suck the life out of plants while creating an icky, sticky mess in the process. Aphids, som...
Jun 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: When is the best time to water your plants?
Last week, the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Southcentral Alaska for unusually warm weather created by an intense high-pressure system, which the NWS says is now “firmly in control over much of the State.” The short and long-term forecast, leading into the longest day of the yea...
Jun 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: It takes a special breed to plant in coastal Alaska
Sometimes it takes a village. To get set up for the plant sale requires a couple of hours of behind-the-scenes work. Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, members of the Kodiak Garden Club arrive, coffee in hand, at the Baranof Park covered ice ring. They start by spreading blue tarps on the floor (to ...
Jun 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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1,000th column sprouts garden memories
In life, numbers eventually catch up with us: 50 miles to the next gas station, in 10 minutes the cookies are done, your smartphone is maxed out with photos. And then there’s the number 1,000, which caught up with me this week as the number of garden columns I’ve written to date. The number “one ...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Getting started with container gardening
Halibut tubs, half barrels and pots overflowing with flowers add sparkle to any house, office or garden, but containers can serve a practical purpose, too. Especially for those with little or no garden space. In addition to flowers, you can grow a wide variety of vegetables and herbs in container...
May 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Train your seedlings before transplantation
Now that bedding plants have made a colorful splash at local retail centers, the spring gardening race is officially on, though many local gardeners suggest that Old Man Weather needs a talking to. Wait a second! Before you transplant those tender seedlings into your garden, you need a good talki...
May 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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