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Marion Owen
 
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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Garden Gate: Dealing with the unexpected
Somewhere I read an account about washing a sleeping bag filled with down, and it made me think of gardening. Yes, it really did. Washing a down sleeping bag is an arduous task that is best avoided as long as possible. After pulling it from the washing machine put the bag in a clothes dryer set o...
Oct 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Growing spuds
Every fall, Kodiakans start harvesting their potatoes in earnest. Funny, one question seems to crop up at the same time: “What are these ugly blotches on my potatoes?” And then, “Are they safe to eat?” The short answer: ‘scab,’ and ‘yes.’ Potato pals, you’re not alone. Common potato scab is a tub...
Oct 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Rose hips are good for the skin
What do papaya, bell peppers, broccoli and oranges have in common? They are all top-notch sources of vitamin C. Yes, even broccoli, though it’s embedded in our brains that oranges are synonymous with vitamin C. But there’s another source of vitamin C, located right at our doorstep. They’re rose h...
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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