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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Make your Christmas tree last
One of my favorite days of the year is right around the corner: Winter Solstice, which signals the return of daylight. This year’s solstice occurs at 2:03 p.m. on Dec. 21. And while I realize there is a lot of winter ahead of us, it’s good to have reminders that the light is at the end of the tun...
Dec 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to eat a rainbow
The winter solstice, the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere, is around the corner. To some people, the return of light is a celebration more significant than New Year’s. For others, it’s no time to celebrate, as it’s smack dab in the middle of the shortest, darkest days of the ye...
Dec 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Amaryllis blooms brighten any space
I never know when garden questions will come my way. Take Thanksgiving, for example. One of the guests at a friend’s house arrived with a gift for the hostess. Recognizing the bright red box as containing an amaryllis bulb, a friend turned to me and said, “How do you grow those things, anyway? I’...
Dec 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrapping our hearts around wreaths
At the Kodiak Garden Club’s annual wreath-making workshop on Saturday, about 50 people gathered at St. Mary’s Marian Center around tables covered with branches, spools of wire, pliers and Christmas decorations. The air was scented with cedar and pine and charged with high expectations to come awa...
Nov 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: El Niño spells balmy winter for Kodiak
As we bathe —or should I say, shower— in the aftermath of Typhoon Nuri, the question, “What can we expect for the rest of the year?” begs to be answered. After much slogging through weather terms such as Madden-Julian Oscillation, Canonical Correlation Analysis, and OLR Anomalies, I managed to sc...
Nov 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Beans in your batter make breakfast better
On a gray Sunday morning, I sauntered into the kitchen and poured a cup of coffee. While stirring in some honey, I looked at the whitecaps in the channel and then focused on the window glass. It was textured with strips of moss and fat raindrops, deposited by 40-knot winds. This was going to be a...
Nov 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Watermelons might become part of Kodiak’s future
While scientists are trying to predict the consequences of climate change, some regions are said to fare much better than others as safe havens from floods, droughts and storms. California and the Southwest are not safe zones due to drought and wildfires. And you can forget much of the East Coast...
Nov 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Celestial Seasonings’ tea delivers the zing
In 1976, I lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment in north Seattle, one block from Green Lake. My roommate, Cathy Childs, was 15 years older than me. She had long blonde hair (with split-ends that I thought needed trimming), drove a Volkswagen Beetle (too fast), ate brown rice with tamari, put yogu...
Oct 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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