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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Using organic matter in the garden
The longer I garden, the more I appreciate the value of organic matter, compost and mulch. Three of the best local sources of organic matter are fish bone meal, seaweed and autumn leaves. Leaves are jam-packed with trace minerals that trees draw from the soil. When added to your garden, leaves fe...
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for winterizing your yard and garden
Weather for this Halloween week is forecasted to be WWW: Warm, Wet and Windy. While discussing the unusual balmy weather with a friend of mine, she said, “Yeah, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” adding, “We’re still pulling carrots.” Lately, weather has been on the front burner of many conversations....
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: TomTato: Growing two cooking staples together
I’m all about combining potatoes and tomatoes together when cooking a soup, but I never thought about combining them in the garden until now. Thompson & Morgan, the seed catalog company, has developed a new tomato variety that not only produces fruit (described as sweeter and better tasting than ...
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: When to pick tomatoes
When it comes to growing tomatoes on Kodiak Island, I turn to Sandee Drabek. So it made perfect sense to ask her the big follow-up question, “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?” I laughed at her first response, which was so logical and forthright it caught me off guard. “Well, my friend, red ...
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Flowers fade, but weeds don't
When fishermen hang up their nets in late summer, skippers and crew members glance at each other, silently saying, “Okay, season’s over.” In late fall, gardeners do the same thing: When the last flower fades, many growers put their trowels away and murmur, “Okay, season’s over.” Not so fast. To e...
Oct 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: How to winterize your plants
It’s hard to say goodbye to old friends. That’s how I felt when I walked around the garden last week. Marigolds that had glowed yellow and orange in August, looked as if they’d donned brown trench coats. The rhubarb looked trampled and the delphinium by the front door that once towered over my he...
Sep 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Fall is in the air
Yesterday’s autumnal equinox reminded me that it’s not June anymore. Every year, the calendarural event yanks me out of denial. Still, I welcome the change, and as I search for exquisite light in autumn’s sunrises and colorful landscapes, it gives my camera purpose. It reminds me of something tha...
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Compost is gold for the garden
After moving to Kodiak in 1984, I developed a hankering to grow something. Mostly food. So I started attending Kodiak Garden Club meetings. Most of the presentations however were, you might have guessed: mostly flowers. Things have changed, beginning with the front yard: Lawns and gardens have re...
Sep 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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