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Marion Owen
 
GARDEN GATE: Enjoy all the carrots of the rainbow
As the saying goes, it’s better to light a candle than curse the darkness, an axiom we can apply to our seemingly unending stretch of rain: It’s better to plant flowers than curse the weather. By “plant” flowers, I’m saying that simply gathering flowers around you (store-bought bouquets, forced h...
Mar 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Relative of berry came from China
When I was little, growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest, spring and summer couldn’t come too quickly. Tagging along with my mother on grocery shopping trips provided a little sunshine in the form of bright red oranges. As we wheeled the cart by the larger-than-life bins in the produce sectio...
Feb 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: The remainder of the fertilizers
Last week I introduced the Big Three: Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) as part of our crash course in fertilizers. Today we’ll cover the secondary elements: Calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, plus the rest of the supporting cast. Now you might think, “Why the heck do I need to know abo...
Feb 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Add boron to list of top nutrients
The large hole in the ground looked like a giant coliseum. At least that’s what came to mind as I peered into California’s largest open-pit mine, the Rio Tinto Boron Mine. Formerly the U.S. Borax Boron Mine, it’s the largest borax mine in the world. Granted, a boron mine was not our idea of a pos...
Feb 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Ready, set, grow! with sweet peas
It’s February, and as we approach Valentine’s Day, it’s time to think about starting sweet peas. Ah, but isn’t too early? The latest twist on sweet peas is to start them in late February or early March instead of waiting until April so you can enjoy fragrant blooms in mid-summer, rather than earl...
Feb 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Starting seeds with water, light, air
Last week I touched on a few basics of seed starting, my annual attempt to encourage more people to give it a try. After attempting to unravel the mysteries of soil-less soil, containers and seeds, I took a “brain break” by going for a walk with Marty ’round the neighborhood. My brain, though, wa...
Jan 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Bring spring inside with sprouts, herbs
My friend’s text said it all: “Where’s winter?” Though the days are getting longer, time is relative. Deciduous trees have been naked for several months and, thanks to persistent gales that compel container ship captains to bypass Kodiak, stores struggle to keep bananas in stock. Welcome to Janua...
Jan 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Catalogs bring color to winter wait
Without snow, winters are dark. So when I feel darkness creeping in I protect myself with an armor of seed catalogs and think of a Martha Smith quote in her bestselling garden book, “Beds I Have Known.” “Just when winter appears interminable, and it seems not one more bleak and bitter day can be ...
Jan 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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