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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Add boron to list of top nutrients
The large hole in the ground looked like a giant coliseum. At least that’s what came to mind as I peered into California’s largest open-pit mine, the Rio Tinto Boron Mine. Formerly the U.S. Borax Boron Mine, it’s the largest borax mine in the world. Granted, a boron mine was not our idea of a pos...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Ready, set, grow! with sweet peas
It’s February, and as we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s time to think about starting sweet peas. Ah, but isn’t too early? The latest twist on sweet peas is to start them in late February or early March instead of waiting until April so you can enjoy fragrant blooms in mid-summer, rather than earl...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Starting seeds with water, light, air
Last week I touched on a few basics of seed starting, my annual attempt to encourage more people to give it a try. After attempting to unravel the mysteries of soil-less soil, containers and seeds, I took a “brain break” by going for a walk with Marty ’round the neighborhood. My brain, though, wa...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Bring spring inside with sprouts, herbs
My friend’s text said it all: “Where’s winter?” Though the days are getting longer, time is relative. Deciduous trees have been naked for several months and, thanks to persistent gales that compel container ship captains to bypass Kodiak, stores struggle to keep bananas in stock. Welcome to Janua...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Catalogs bring color to winter wait
Without snow, winters are dark. So when I feel darkness creeping in I protect myself with an armor of seed catalogs and think of a Martha Smith quote in her bestselling garden book, “Beds I Have Known.” “Just when winter appears interminable, and it seems not one more bleak and bitter day can be ...
Jan 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Resolutions for garden, life in 2016
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the nearly 60 years I’ve walked on this earth, if I don’t have a goal to shoot for — even a small one — I’m more likely to miss the target. “And if you don’t try, the answer is always no,” my Mom would say. So as you lean into 2016, think of a goal you’d like ...
Dec 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Simple gifts at heart of Christmas
When I started writing this column 15 years ago, I often included a pre-Christmas piece about simple gifts for gardeners. Then I decided to change it to just simple gifts for everyone. Things change. If you Google “simple gifts” you’ll find everything from lyrics for the Shaker song “Simple Gifts...
Dec 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Thanks to houseplants for cleaner air
Every once in a while, I get a phone call from a distraught plant owner. The call might go something like this: “Ten years ago, I brought a plant cutting back to Kodiak after attending Mom’s funeral service. I planted it right away, but now it’s not doing so good. What should I do? it was Mom’s f...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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