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Garden Gate: Dates bring flavor to holiday dishes
There are two food plants I’d love to be able to grow, but can’t: Apples (I don’t have space) and dates (I don’t live in the desert). Next to carrots, I think apples are one of the most versatile foods on the planet. Both are happy dressed as sweet or savory foods. Dates, though not as versatile ...
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Amaryllis bulbs are a perfect holiday gift
Never mind the tinsel and fake Christmas trees: When boxes of Amaryllis bulbs start showing up in the stores, I know Christmas is around the corner. And if you treat the flowers right, they’ll bloom next Christmas. The baseball-sized bulbs that arrive in a colorful boxes are the perfect gift for ...
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Workshop covers several topics
When asked if eating home-grown kale could be as dangerous as eating a nitrate-laced hot dog, Lydia Clayton didn’t skip a beat. In fact, she used the opportunity to teach us something about winter vegetable gardening that we’d never considered. Originally from Oregon, Lydia Clayton knows a thing ...
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: A grabbag of questions
Garden columnist Marion Owen answers your questions each Monday in the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Ask your questions at mygarden@alaska.net. Q: Can shredded computer paper be used as mulch in the garden or be added to the compost pile? A: The good news is that many studies have tested the safety and us...
Nov 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Using organic matter in the garden
The longer I garden, the more I appreciate the value of organic matter, compost and mulch. Three of the best local sources of organic matter are fish bone meal, seaweed and autumn leaves. Leaves are jam-packed with trace minerals that trees draw from the soil. When added to your garden, leaves fe...
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Last call for winterizing your yard and garden
Weather for this Halloween week is forecasted to be WWW: Warm, Wet and Windy. While discussing the unusual balmy weather with a friend of mine, she said, “Yeah, we’re not in Kansas anymore,” adding, “We’re still pulling carrots.” Lately, weather has been on the front burner of many conversations....
Oct 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: TomTato: Growing two cooking staples together
I’m all about combining potatoes and tomatoes together when cooking a soup, but I never thought about combining them in the garden until now. Thompson & Morgan, the seed catalog company, has developed a new tomato variety that not only produces fruit (described as sweeter and better tasting than ...
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: When to pick tomatoes
When it comes to growing tomatoes on Kodiak Island, I turn to Sandee Drabek. So it made perfect sense to ask her the big follow-up question, “How do you know when to pick tomatoes?” I laughed at her first response, which was so logical and forthright it caught me off guard. “Well, my friend, red ...
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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