Zone 4 gardening is a tough gig. The sub-zero temperatures of winter put a big damper on what perennials will survive in your garden or orchard. Stick that Zone 4 in Alaska and you add extra long winter, sunlight ranging from 19+ hours to less than 4 per day, the occasional summer that never gets warmer that 56 degrees… It’s challenging to say the least. But the good news is there are lots of bloggers out there that have been there, done that, and wrote about it to help you out!
Scott over at North Country Farmer has an amazing set up over in northern New York. His dairy cows are gorgeous! Along with the cows and gardening, Scott also hunts, traps, and keeps bees. Be sure to check out his weekly radio show!
Walkerland is a fairly “new” homesteader, having started out on their journey in 2015, but their place is beautiful! Chickens, pigs, and a beautiful garden in New Brunswick. I’m having a blast following their story as they grow their homestead.
Salt in My Coffee (I love her blog name! Make sure you read how it came about– it’s a lovely story) is homesteading in Maine. I’m seriously jealous of their tomatoes- they’re amazing! And all heirloom!
Ashley of Alaska Urban Hippie is a friend of mine living in the middle of Anchorage, Alaska. She has chickens, a garden, and fruit trees all in her yard! Not only is she a great go-to for zone 4 gardening, but she is an expert at homesteading no matter where you live! (Who needs lots of acreage to homestead?!?)
Christ over at Joybilee Farm is actually in Zone 3! Her winters in British Columbia get cold, but she still finds a way to garden an provide for her family. She even grows lavender, something I never thought possible in Zone 4! I’m so excited to add some to my garden this spring.
Also from British Columbia is Country Living in a Cariboo Valley, another Zone 3er. Their homestead is absolutely picturesque. Their blog will take you from choosing and starting seeds all the way to selling it at a farmer’s market. So no matter where you live, don’t let the fear of a cold climate keep you from gardening! It’s totally doable and there are lot of people out there who would love to help you with in your Zone 4 gardening.
Be sure to check out our Gardening Category for all our posts on gardening in Alaska!