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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Preparing for fall
Fall is in the air. The signs are all around us: Salmon fishermen are putting their nets away, holiday decorations are starting to replace BBQ displays, and most importantly (for me at least), I haven’t seen a bumblebee since September 9th and puffins have departed local waters. Yet as I write th...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: All about bulbs
I’m devoting this week’s column to bulbs. For starters, now is the time to plant garlic (which I’ll cover later in this column), and the spring bulbs are in at local stores. Tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, crocus — there are many flowering bulbs that thrive here. Why the rush? First of all, i...
Sep 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Phenols boost the immune system
What do onions, rhubarb and parsley have in common? For one thing, they are cool-hardy plants and thrive Kodiak’s climate. So that’s the basic correlations. I recently learned something very important about these plants, thanks to our friend Bruce. Bruce, a frequent visitor to our home from Aberd...
Sep 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Getting rid of slugs
When the weather forecast called for drizzle and rain, I thought, “Uh, oh, time to go on a slug defensive.” I started by walking around the garden, looking for potential hiding spots where slugs might be lurking. It didn’t take me long to find the mother of all slug hangouts: inside a garden orna...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A berry good summer
So far this summer, many berry crops—salmonberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, Russian berries, currants—have been so abundant that it can be challenging to find sugar, pectin and canning jars on store shelves. Even bears are getting into the frenzy. Until recently, reports from trad...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for summer
With the recent wet spell (which seems to be making up for a dry summer), garden flowers, veggies, herbs and wildflowers and berries are moving along quickly. So if you want to savor a little bit of summer this winter, get out and pick the last remaining salmonberries and have a jam party. Before...
Aug 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Late summer brings lovely colors
During the month of August, we will lose 2 hours and 20 minutes of daylight. Does that mean that summer, this wonderfully warm and blessed summer, is almost over? It’s easy to throw your hands up and slip into the mental rut that this year’s gardening season is already behind us. But even though ...
Aug 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Nasturtiums add a kick to your garden and your plate
People who live in more temperate areas don’t give nasturtiums a second look. They’re often regarded as weeds, since they reseed easily and will grow absolutely anywhere with the least amount of maintenance. (Ever been in southern California in June?) But whether you grow nasturtiums in Cambridge...
Jul 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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