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Marion Owen
 
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 | 65 65 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 | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Reasons to garden from food to fun to health
Why do we garden? A garden means different things to different people. In 1899, gardener, author and English Anglican priest Samuel Reynolds Hole dwelt happily on the subject of his favorite craft by writing: “I asked a schoolboy, in the sweet summertide, ‘What he thought a garden was for?’ and h...
May 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: El Niño y La Niña: No telling what’s next
Gardeners, outdoor enthusiasts, fishermen and families are celebrating the warmer than average April. But if April is the new May, then is May the new June? Perhaps, for a couple months. It all depends on El Niño, which is weakening, according to Climate.gov. Thanks to El Niño we are coming out o...
Apr 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Master of disguise pests sneak in on compost
I stood in the greenhouse with a garden friend, admiring a tray of onion seedlings. Standing tall, the seedlings looked like tiny green chopsticks. “Would you like to take a few with you?” I asked, knowing she’d be leaving soon to return to her remote garden-home on the west side of Kodiak Island...
Apr 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Surprises in the garden
Last Friday it poured, but at the Kodiak Athletic Club, it was bright and sunny. Friday was ‘neon shirt day,’ which meant you were encouraged to arrive at the gym wearing day-glow t-shirts. Let me tell you, a bunch of humans bench pressing and doing push ups in hot pink, hot orange and chartreuse...
Apr 11, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Warm winter moves up spring planting
Back in the old days, you planned your spring gardening To-do list based on planting out on Memorial Day. I think we can all agree that this year’s planting day will be much earlier. Not only did the soil not freeze into giant blocks, but you can be that slugs are up and around, cavorting in our ...
Apr 04, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Planting research in the days before Google
In my early attempts at gardening in Kodiak, I planted garlic bulbs upside down, allowed lettuce plants to mature into towers of bitterness, and declined to sow a packet of calendula seeds because they resembled desiccated maggots. I was happy to discover that the public library was stocked with ...
Mar 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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