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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 scrape together some forecast highlights for this winter and beyond: First, I’ll provide a little background. This spring,...
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 slow breakfast morning. Time for waffles. But not just any waffles. I reached for a cookbook with a yellow spine, long ...
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, too. Hurricanes and rising sea levels are predicted to turn much of the area into a flood zone by 2100, according to a...
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 yogurt on her granola and drank a lot of Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger tea. For me, Cathy was a new pair of glasses. She ...
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 on low heat. When it’s no longer heavy and doughy, add to the dryer several clean tennis balls (not ones that your dog ha...
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 tuber disease that occurs throughout the potato growing areas of the world. It is caused by the microorganism called S. sca...
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 hips. Where can you find them? Well, these days you can’t miss them. The same rugosa roses that blessed us all summer wit...
Oct 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Summer reflections
With the fall equinox behind us, and harvest still underway, it’s a good time to reflect a little on the summer. For many growers, it began in May and continued way into September. It was a time of surprises, brought on by long stretches of dry, warm weather: Early daffodils, lush lawns, tons of tomatoes, cucumbers by the cord, bushels of herbs and flowers, and so on. And on Saturdays, the Farmers Market at the Fa...
Sep 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Baking with gooseberries and currants
Puzzles are fun, especially when it involves something near and dear to us, like food. Years ago, during one of our dinner cruises, I served a dessert made with a secret ingredient. (I often do this as an excuse to try something new, and to educate guests at the same time). After Marty set a plated dessert at each place setting and began to pour coffee, I stepped in from the galley to describe what’s before them. ...
Sep 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 this, I’m reminded of how many times I’ve been asked in the past couple weeks, “So Marion, what kind of winter do you thin...
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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