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Garden Gate: Mind the pushki and rinse off the bug spit
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reported last week that salmonberries are ripening one to two weeks ahead of what we consider normal. Time to clean out the freezer and make jams and jellies. Fireweed is also blooming sooner than expected (heralding an early winter?), as did the batch of golden chain tree...
Jul 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE:
During a recent drive out to Bell’s Flats, I spotted a man standing by the side of the road, hugging a white, 5-gallon bucket. Within the few seconds of viewing through my side window at 45 mph, I knew exactly what he was doing and that I had to turn around. What followed is an image that’s forev...
Jul 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Maggots make the most of early season
This summer has been weird on many accounts: salmonberries ripe enough in June to make pies and foxglove stalks already stretched out in full bloom. And a couple days ago, while hiking in Abercrombie, I saw fireweed blossoms about to pop.  Things on the garden front seem speeded up, too. My brocc...
Jun 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 109 109 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Expert: Buttercups getting out of control
Janice Chumley, Research Technician for the Cooperative Extension Service, arrived in Kodiak last week with a full dance card. Her dance partners: Anyone with dealing with bugs, critters, or weeds. Janice’s visit, long overdue and warmly welcomed by home gardeners, growers and local farmers, was ...
Jun 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Recipes for homemade insect, slug sprays
Last week I talked about using Epsom salts in a liquid form to spray on, or water, ailing plants. In the garden Epsom salts provide plants with magnesium (Mg), which helps with seed germination, strengthen cell walls and ultimately boost flower production and fruiting, as in tomato formation. Pub...
Jun 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Thank mild winter for rat explosion
It was beyond embarrassing. Years ago, during the summer garden tour, I was talking to a guest about growing celery (or was it poppies?), when suddenly she looked away from me and then lowered her voice. “Marion, an R-A-T just ran across your lawn.” After three years of non-winters, reports of ra...
May 31, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Change tasks to give your back a break
The Kodiak Garden Club's annual plant sale is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 at the Baranov Park skating rink. It’s more like a fishing derby: The doors open at 10 a.m., though the line forms earlier with folks sipping hot coffee—early birds hoping to take home trays of choice, locally grown flow...
May 23, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Spring advice on Sluggo, peat moss, rhubarb
Last Saturday’s sunny, calm weather brought Kodiak out of the woodwork: People picking up litter, families tidepooling, BBQ’s smoking, and lawnmowers whirring. It must be spring: No matter where I go these days, there’s a garden question waiting for me. So here are a few tips I’d like to share th...
May 09, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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