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Garden Gate: Cloudy break provides time for chores
With summer in full swing, we tend to avoid indoor chores, sometimes to the point of it becoming a health hazard. Here’s an example: During an unusually long stretch of warm weather last month, a friend declared, “If it doesn’t rain soon, I’m declaring my house a disaster area!” It’s when rain and fog forces us inside that we come face to face with mountains of laundry and armies of dust bunnies. There are indoor ...
Jul 08, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Safe organic alternatives to kill slugs
Just when I thought last April’s cold snap killed every last slug, baby slugs are rearing their ugly little heads in my lettuce patch and potted marigolds. Sigh. I don’t always see the beauty in what occurs in the garden. Evelyn Underhill once said, “We have descended into the garden and caught 300 slugs. How I love the mixture of the beautiful and the squalid in gardening. It makes it so lifelike.” Lifelike sound...
Jul 01, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Watering plants is about paying attention
I once heard about a guy who worked summers in a high-end garden center. For the first two weeks on the job, he did nothing but water plants. Now the owner had good reason for starting his employees out this way: by teaching his staff how to properly water a plant, he was ensuring the health of his inventory. He also used this initiation period to find his best employees: people who paid attention. There are no ha...
Jun 24, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 106 106 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Tips to prevent the wind from damaging your garden
Editor’s Note: Marion Owen answers more of your spring questions this week. To submit a question, email mygarden@alaska.net. Q: We’ve moved to a home that has raised beds out front, but wow, does the wind blow through the property. We want to plant some trees on the property. Got any tips? A: You know those colorful garden art sculptures that you push into the soil and wait for the wind to make them dance, spin an...
Jun 10, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 123 123 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: It's not to late to begin planting
Editor’s Note: Marion Owen answers more of your spring questions this week. To submit a question, email mygarden@alaska.net. Q: I’m a little late this year and won’t be starting my own plants. I have a wish list of vegetable and flower seedlings I want to buy, but when I look at all those potted plants I don’t know which ones are good. Can you help? A. First of all, the season has barely started. You have plenty o...
Jun 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Invasion of the bee-snatchers sets hives abuzz
Things have gotten pretty ugly around our yard and garden. It started with a few small feathers resting on top of the soil near an emerging primrose. Then I found a few more feathers sprinkled on the lawn. I put two and two together when I stood in the driveway and followed the peeps and long chirps into the woods across the street from our garage. The sounds were coming from a pair of merlins that had taken up ne...
May 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Solve your pot problems by picking up a larger container
It’s late May and I have seedlings with roots poking through the bottom of the containers. They need to get into the ground, but it’s chilly at night. What should I do? Occasionally your seedlings will outgrow their containers before you are ready to move them into their permanent homes in the dirt. This happens when you have enthusiastically planted too early (beginning gardeners do this a lot) or warm weather ha...
May 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Preparing for summer’s garden
Long days are here, thank goodness, and it won’t be long before warmer days follow, beckoning us outdoors. Getting your garden in order early will help make the summer a little less hectic. Clear raised beds, containers and landscapes I know, I know. Cleaning up winter’s poor housekeeping skills feels like scooping poop at the end of the parade. Still, it’s important to get outside, even to do a general tidy up to...
May 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: More thought on herbs
There are 55 — count them — 55 hoophouses on Kodiak Island. For the first time in the island’s history, residents have a sure-fire way to grow local vegetables that is not directly affected by the whims of the weather. Still, with all the emphasis on garden vegetables (to eat) and flowers (to beautify), herbs often are overlooked and treated as an afterthought. (Unless you're a cook, when they become front-burner ...
May 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: An assortment of questions
Editor’s Note: Gardening columnist Marion Owen is answering more questions from readers and local gardeners. Email mygarden@alaska.net to submit questions of your own Q: During the snow-dump a week ago Sunday, many of my bulbs were covered. Is this a good or bad thing? A: That depends. According to Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage garden writer, bulbs “have antifreeze systems that protect them from frosts.” If they had b...
Apr 29, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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