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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Fall is in the air
Yesterday’s autumnal equinox reminded me that it’s not June anymore. Every year, the calendarural event yanks me out of denial. Still, I welcome the change, and as I search for exquisite light in autumn’s sunrises and colorful landscapes, it gives my camera purpose. It reminds me of something tha...
Sep 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Compost is gold for the garden
After moving to Kodiak in 1984, I developed a hankering to grow something. Mostly food. So I started attending Kodiak Garden Club meetings. Most of the presentations however were, you might have guessed: mostly flowers. Things have changed, beginning with the front yard: Lawns and gardens have re...
Sep 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Putting the garden to bed
Fall is in the air, and we need to begin the process of putting the garden to bed — or at least think about it. This is not a time to be sad. English author and gardener Vita Sackville-West says this time of the year (late summer for us; fall for the remaining gardeners north of the equator) shou...
Sep 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Nasturtiums are a tasty ingredient
Most people who live and garden in warmer climates don’t give nasturtiums a second glance. They’re sometimes regarded as weeds, as they reseed easily and grow most anywhere with the least amount of maintenance. In Kodiak, nasturtiums are appreciated for the simple fact that they provide a colorfu...
Sep 03, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Cooking with late summer rhubarb
Chop, chop, chop. Marty is standing in the corner of the kitchen, rinsing and chopping rhubarb into 3/4-inch chunks and tossing them into two large pots on the stove: one for cinnamon sauce, the other for a plain sauce. At his feet, a large purple trug, filled with vertical columns of red, pink a...
Aug 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Buzzing around with bumblebees
One foggy morning last week, I took an inventory walk around the garden. I paused in front of some late Iceland poppies that were starting to bloom, and watched numerous bumble bees (Bombus spp.) dive into the centers and “comb” pollen from the stamens. Their hind leg hairs (called corbicular fri...
Aug 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Damp weather arrives, brings gray mold
After two months of beautiful weather, we all wondered when the other shoe was going to fall. Sure enough, a strong, low-pressure system formed near Japan and roared over Kodiak Island, bringing wind, rain and fog. Meanwhile, while the gale was brewing, a sinister disease was lurking on tomato le...
Aug 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Comfrey is a great fertilizer
When it comes to feeding plants, nothing beats organic compost. You might recall a recent column when I sang praises for comfrey as a growable fertilizer. I promised to share more info at a later date. So let’s learn about comfrey, and why the Brits are so crazy about it … Good soil contains the ...
Aug 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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