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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 | 8 8 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 | 12 12 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 | 15 15 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 | 21 21 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 | 20 20 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 | 21 21 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, 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 | 27 27 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 | 15 15 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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