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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, if you want the pick of the crop, waiting ‘til November is not a good idea. You also don’t want to wait that long to plan...
Sep 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 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 Aberdeen, Washington, sauntered into the kitchen recently in need of a cup of Lipton. Tea in hand, he set an open paperback b...
Sep 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 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 ornament. Years ago, a friend gave me a saucepan-sized cluster of large, white barnacles. The top openings measured 2 inches...
Aug 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 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 traditional bear viewing areas say that bears were gorging on berries and ignoring salmon swimming upstream, much to the dis...
Aug 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 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 I dive into the jam pot, I want to list seven things that need attention right now: 1. Be brutal and trim away excess t...
Aug 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 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 plants (domestic and wild) have matured much more quickly than normal because of the unusually dry conditions, it’s bett...
Aug 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Strawberries and radishes join forces
I love it when a plan comes together, even if I didn’t plan it that way. In the garden, we have strawberries and radishes maturing at the same time, strawberries in containers on the deck (to keep them out of slug-harm’s way) and radishes in a raised bed next to the white, Hakurei turnips. Now you’d think they are dissimilar edibles, never to cohabit the same bowl. But with both brimming with red right now, I thou...
Jul 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Outfoxing the fox sparrow
Finally, we have a cloudy day. After a long spell of nice weather, I was secretly starting to wonder if there was something wrong with the faucet up there. So the other night, in the cool of the evening, I spent an hour speed-transplanting flower, herb and veggie seedlings that were itching to get their roots into bigger digs. Transplanting young green stuff when the weather is warm and dry, even at night, can be ...
Jul 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goldenchains much coveted up north
In mid-summer, you can see them standing alongside our roads, gesturing and aiming their smart phone cameras at buildings and side yards. Comments go something like this: “What is that amazing yellow tree?” “Is that a wisteria?” “Wow, I want one of those in my yard.” It happens every year, visitors from communities north of the 58th parallel (Homer, Anchorage, Fairbanks) venture down to the Emerald Isle for a mini...
Jun 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Chives a hardy herb to complement dishes
Last week, Joel and Martine Chenet of Mill Bay Coffee and Pastries organized a fundraiser event to benefit the families of Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Scott Johnson and Gabe Rich. The event, attended by nearly 80 residents, was the 12th year that Chenet organized the “First Salmon of the Year.” Just as fishermen look forward to the salmon’s return in the spring, gardeners and cooks also look forward to garden first...
Jun 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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