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Marion Owen
Garden Gate: Less is more in gardening, photography
I tell people that if given any topic, I can, in a step or two, relate it to gardening. This week I’m going to combine a couple of my favorite topics: gardening and photography. Okay, so this one’s not as difficult as trying to find a common thread between gardening and car racing or gardening an...
May 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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It’s time to take ‘stalk’ of your rhubarb
It was a few Aprils ago: As the Portland-Seattle “Cascades” train rounded a gentle turn between Puyallup and Tacoma, it clicked along the tracks like fingernails strumming a comb. The view through the windows clicked by too, like movie frames: men clustered in tight groups outside warehouses, tal...
Apr 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Bumblebees on lookout for new homes
As I left the greenhouse and walked toward the house, I heard a loud puh- hh-HUP behind me. I twisted around and took two steps toward the ocean, just in time to see an orca whale’s dorsal fin disappear below the surface. I’m always humbled by gifts like this; surprise snippets of life. Like this...
Apr 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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How to help your lawn wake up
Do you feel inclined to buy an umbrella these days? Well, you’re not alone. According to National Weather Service data, measured rainfall for Kodiak is about six inches above normal for this time of year. This is good news for people with rain barrels and Pelton wheels, but not so great for lawns...
Mar 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Young tomatoes need their own space
It’s time to answer questions that enter my consciousness by phone, email, text and Facebook messages. So here we go: Is it too early to start tomatoes? It is not too early to start tomatoes if you start them indoors. Not just on windowsills, but under lights, as in fluorescent light. But start t...
Mar 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Easter Egg colors to dye for
Natural egg dyes are easy to make using berries, vegetables, and spices. And since Easter is right around the corner, now is a good time to gather up supplies. Many common foods and spices make excellent dyes, and you can create just about any color you want, from pastels to rich hues. The result...
Mar 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners need to dig into detective work
Several years ago I was picking broccoli when I noticed velvety, green, inch-long worms gnawing on the leaves. Never seen them before. I grabbed my camera, going from panicked gardener to calmer detective. After a quick search on the Internet I discovered that the culprit was indeed a cabbage wor...
Mar 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Hybrids expand carrots’ shape, color options
Can you imagine digging up a carrot from your garden and finding out that it weighs 19 pounds? That’s what John Evans of Palmer, Alaska, discovered in 1998. His carrot was verified by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s heaviest carrot, weighing in at 18.985 pounds. John’s record held up ...
Feb 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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