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Garden Gate: Seeds are the foundation of life
All life on earth begins and ends with seeds. From rice and peanuts to corn kernels and coconuts, seeds provide the majority of the world’s food supply. On a more humble level, every garden and gardener depends on seeds to provide beauty and nourishment. “Seeds are earthbound starships that fly o...
Mar 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Collecting free flowers
If you like the idea of free flowers, listen up. This is the best time of year for starting a fresh batch of geraniums. By snipping a few cuttings from your, or a friend’s overwintered plant, you’ll be rewarded with cheerful displays of pink, white, salmon or red flowers. Before you grab a pair o...
Mar 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Kale is a must-grow vegetable for Kodiak gardeners
I didn’t grow up with dumplings, (you know, those steamed biscuits that bob on top of hot soups and stews), but today I consider them a favorite comfort food. So when I came across this recipe for kale stew with cornmeal dumplings I had to try it. The recipe comes from another favorite, a book — ...
Feb 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Tips for first time gardeners
On an overcast spring day in 1985, I was standing on the deck of a Foss tug tied up to the Petro Marine fuel dock, sipping coffee and watching gulls poke around the rocks. Out of the blue, a realization astonished me: I didn’t want to go to sea anymore. Great. Now what? A big question immediately...
Feb 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Harvey's farmer speech the highlight of the Super Bowl
I confess. I didn’t watch Superbowl XLVII. But after learning about one of the ads, I wish I’d tuned in for those two minutes. No more, thank you. The ad featured a segment of a speech made at the 1978 Future Farmers of America convention by Paul Harvey, the late, great radio broadcaster. The ad’...
Feb 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Gardeners swap seeds
When it comes to spring gardening, Kodiak gardeners are pushing the envelope. Gone are the days when we waited until Memorial Day weekend to sow carrot seeds and transplant seedlings. Thanks to cold frames and plastic covered hoophouses and raised beds, growers can sow crops outside with confiden...
Feb 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Snow is a gardener's best friend
My host, Janet, was worried about my upcoming visit. “I don’t know if you have heard, but we are experiencing a very dusty winter because of the lack of snow. Be forewarned that I have not started my spring housecleaning — which usually occurs just before my St. Patrick’s Day Party in March, so e...
Jan 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: 2013 is the year of bliss
Don’t worry, be happy: 2013 is the year of bliss. That’s according to Garden Media Group, a trend-spotting agency in Pennsylvania that has designated 2013 as the year when gardeners turn their backs on trouble and strife and more actively seek joy and bliss in their everyday life. “Connecting wit...
Jan 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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