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Marion Owen
 
Garden Gate: Carrots can keep if you know the trick
Carrots might be considered the world’s most versatile vegetable, but they haven’t always enjoyed such a charmed reputation. Today we’re going to talk about carrots: How they became orange, how to store and how to eat carrots in ways you might not have considered. In the beginning, carrots were c...
Sep 19, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Perfect time, place to start you spinach
Let me begin with a gentle apology. You see, most weekly garden columns, or any column for that matter, focus on one topic. But in Kodiak, there is so much going on that it’s hard to not allow a few subjects to share this page. And this week is no exception. It’s harvest time, jamming and picklin...
Sep 12, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: And the beets go on
When I was a young, towheaded, tree-climbing tomboy, canned beets tasted like purple dirt. I’ve come a long way, though (now adorned with a few gray hairs), thanks to a mom-and-pop café outside of Enumclaw, Washington, that served a marvelous pickled beet salad. Now I’m a huge fan of Beta vulgari...
Sep 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Choose beets to feast with the Politburo
Late summer can be a crazy time of year for local gardeners. The harvesting of salad greens, herbs, broccoli, cabbage, garlic and kale is now joined by root crops like onions, carrots and beets. It’s a nutrition fest, said one grower. Now using carrots is fairly straightforward. From cakes and st...
Aug 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Don’t give gray mold spores more chances
Finding a green tomato laying on the ground in the hoophouse was my first clue that something was in the air. Something was in the air alright: mold. After a couple days of rain and fog, conditions were perfect for gray mold to explode on tomato leaves and stems, causing my cherry tomatoes to los...
Aug 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Making the most of a berry good season
During the summer I spend almost every day or evening on our boat hosting wildlife tours or dinner cruises. So it was a special treat to get above sea level the other day to hike in the alpine areas. As corny as it sounds, “The hills are alive,” the title song from “The Sound of Music,” rang thro...
Aug 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 86 86 recommendations | email to a friend
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Garden Gate: Give plants a pick-me-up
After shutting down the boat engine we leaned against the railing to watch two humpback whales feed close to the surface. Winding slowly through the kelp bed, they created small whirlpools with their pectoral fins and tails, like a barista would use a straw to draw artistic swirls on top of a lat...
Jul 25, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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GARDEN GATE: Radishes might shine in surprising places
I’m often asked by dinner cruise guests how I plan my meals. “Every night is different,” I say, “and it depends on what’s happening in the garden.” This time of year the garden is producing strawberries and radishes at the same time. The strawberries are blushing nicely in their slug-free contain...
Jul 18, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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