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Gardening

Best Blogs for Zone 4 Gardening (and colder!)

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 … Continue reading »

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5 Tools Every Gardener Needs and You Do Too

Do you ever go to the hardware store and stop to drool over all the beautiful, shiny gardening tools? It is so easy to get sucked into the newest tool that will change gardening as you know it, that new tool that will do it all, to fill your garden shed with tools that you … Continue reading »

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Instant Organic Fertilizer for the Garden

Its still a little too cold here in Alaska to plant my tomatoes and peppers in the greenhouse. However, while I wait for spring to warm up a bit more, I now have time to give the soil in my greenhouse a nice boost. I’m going to use homemade instant organic fertilizer for an amazing … Continue reading »

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Hardy Perennial Flowers for Alaska Part Two

Snapdragons, nasturtiums, marigolds, sweet peas, pansies, and so much more. Flowerbeds can be beautiful even in the short Alaskan growing season. But the cost of replacing annual flowers every spring adds up fast and can often push your garden over budget, not to mention all that replanting is a lot of work. I think I’ll … Continue reading »

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Hardy Perennial Flowers for Alaska Part One

At the moment, the homestead is severely lacking in flower beds. There’s one still trying hang on, but it’s full of grass and has been for many years. I’d love to add more, but the main focus for the past couple years has been veggie production. Knowing that veggies will always be our main focus, … Continue reading »

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Container Planting Corn and Beans

Growing corn can be an iffy thing in Alaska. Too often, the summers just don’t get warm enough. But this year we have hope. Last summer reached well into the 80’s (unusual for here!) and there’s a chance this summer will be warm too. So in hope, we’ve planted a short season sweet corn. To … Continue reading »

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Planting Onions and Leeks from Seed

Here in south central Alaska, our growing season is fairly short. Planting outdoors usually happens around Memorial Day and harvest happens in early September. Frost tends to follow very soon. So planting onions and leeks from seed happens early and indoors.   Not only do we have to keep our short growing season in mind, … Continue reading »

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Gardening Like a Ninja Book Review

One of the things I love most about my neighborhood is the fact that there is no home owners association. No fees, no rules, no zoning. I can plant what I want where I want. For those who live in neighborhoods with HOAs, you just might need to try Gardening Like a Ninja.   My … Continue reading »

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Dreaming of a Permaculture Orchard

I discovered another gardening video the other day, The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic. I bought the downloadable version of the almost 2-hour film and LOVED it. I am now dreaming of not only a Back to Eden garden and a farm stand, but a permaculture orchard as well!   Permaculture is one of those … Continue reading »

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Free Organic Fish Fertilizer for the Garden

One of my favorite books growing up was a book about Squanto, the American Indian who taught the Pilgrims how to garden. I loved that book and read it many, many times. I’ve never forgot how he taught the Pilgrims to plant corn. Following his advice, I used free organic fish fertilizer in the greenhouse. … Continue reading »

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