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Garden Gate: Highbrush cranberry is an overlooked berry
What smells like dirty socks but tastes like a cranberry? If you guessed highbush cranberry, you’re right. Despite its cranberry name and uniquely tart flavor, the highbush cranberry is totally unrelated to the Thanksgiving favorite. So why should you be interested in these berries? First of all,...
Oct 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Why do leaves change colors?
While you were picking lettuce in the garden, walking in Abercrombie or playing in a city park, the trees were working overtime. Yet it isn’t until fall that we really notice our local deciduous trees as they begin to turn yellow, bronze and red. Which brings us to a question we rarely stop to po...
Oct 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Calendula flowers fend off upcoming winter
Now that it’s officially fall, my attitude towards garden chores shifts from maintaining productivity to quiet resignation. All around me, time seems to have sped up: Raspberry leaves, bright green one day, turn yellow and droop along the canes like wet tissues. Lettuce plants that once leaped ou...
Sep 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Flower flies guard and pollinate gardens
On cool, still mornings I like to sneak outside with my camera in search of slow bees. By “slow,” I mean bumblebees that worked late and spent the night huddled under a leaf or flower, waiting for the sun to jump-start their metabolisms. Like people, flies, moths, dragonflies and other insects te...
Sep 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Trying to outwit silver salmon
It seems like I wait all year for the return of silver salmon to Kodiak rivers. As with so many other anglers, they’re my favorite salmon. Sure, their fight is fierce and they’re great on the table. But I have other reasons for picking them as No. 1. They fascinate me! One day they’re easy to cat...
Sep 11, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Potatoes do the trick for nutritious meals
When not fried, dressed with bacon or swimming in butter and sour cream, the lowly spud is a high-fiber and high-potassium health food. This may come as a surprise to you considering the recent low-carb craze, when potatoes are often lumped together with other starchy outcasts like pasta and whit...
Sep 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to prevent athlete’s foot for plants
On a foggy afternoon a couple weeks ago, I yanked out bunches of calendulas from my perennial beds. Oh, the plants were blooming just fine — yellow, bronze and orange. But the neighboring roses and lilies were not doing so well. Calendulas, have a cast iron reputation of surviving just about anyt...
Sep 04, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Small spaces open garden possibilities
Did you know that the average morsel of food travels an average of 2,000 miles from field to (Kodiak Island) fork? Yes, when you go to the store, most of what’s for sale came from another state or country. But Kodiak’s gardeners are changing how we get our food. Head out to the farmers market at ...
Aug 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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