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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Cold remedies
It’s my birthday, and I have a cold. It began as a subtle awareness that something different was happening; a little odd; not quite right. I was busy at the time — drafting a proposal, planting seeds and processing photographs — so the change was imperceptible at first and hard to identify. And t...
Mar 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Spring is getting closer
I don’t know of any other regions in the U.S. where day length is such a big deal as in Alaska. “Wow, we’re gaining almost 5 minutes a day,” is a comment you’re much more likely to hear in a grocery store line in Kodiak more than say, in Alabama. Nonetheless, the first day of spring is so close y...
Mar 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A gardening roundtable
Recently, on a blustery Saturday afternoon, I gathered around a friend’s wooden table with a handful of gardeners to share soup, fresh bread and ideas for the upcoming season. We shuffled through colorful packets of seeds that covered the tabletop like an abstract quilt. A plate of oat-chocolate ...
Feb 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Back from a Hawaiian vacation
After a 2-week vacation in Hawaii, we stepped off the plane in Kodiak to a landscape that was much colder than how we left it. No more rain and squishy lawns. The dry, cool air tingled our noses and snow brightened the dull landscape we endured through January. The big thaw was over. We drove hom...
Feb 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sweet peas brighten up gloomy days
January is over and we’re one month closer to the gardening season. I’ve been getting emails and comments from local growers for something, anything to ease the blur of dreary weather. So how about starting seeds indoors? What kind of seeds? Well, it’s time to start plants like celery, but I’m th...
Feb 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Take precautions in the warm winter weather
My concern began during a recent spin around the garden. I saw too much green for a January day: Buds forming on rose bushes, pansies still blooming, and poppies acting as though spring had arrived. Had it? I stopped near a raised bed of small evergreen trees and rhododendrons. Yikes! I spotted a...
Jan 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Garden trends in 2014
People have been tilling the earth and tending gardens for thousands of years. So when I scanned the Garden Media’s 2014 Garden Trends Report, I thought wow, what do trends have to do with real-life gardening? I mean, really, in Kodiak? Admittedly, trend-checking can give us a fresh look, somethi...
Jan 20, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Choosing a floral palette
When I started gardening in Kodiak, I was long on ambition but woefully short on experience and cash. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I could satisfy my desire to fill my raised beds easily and inexpensively by starting vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed. When flipping through cata...
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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