To Pull or Not To Pull? Is It Native or Invasive?

To Pull Or Not To Pull?   Is It Native or Invasive Invasive plants affect all areas of Alaska and need to be addressed by all Alaskans.   Learning to identify invasive plants, animal and species can help reduce, if not eliminate, the negative effects such as complete elimination of native species.   A great example is the chokecherry trees which are not native to Alaska.   These can be found in yards, parks and along roadways demonstrating how aggressive the plant is.   Three common species found in the Read More …

There’s a Moose in My Garden by Brenda C. Adams

There’s a Moose in My Garden by Brenda C. Adams The book I chose is one of my favorites for several reasons including the information is laid out in a manner allowing you to find the topic you are looking for easily, the beautiful pictures, various tips given throughout the pages and it was a gift from my husband who has always supported my gardening. With the information provided in this book I have been able to redesign areas and improve others throughout my garden. The book is broken into Read More …

Even shaded area can be colorful

Even shaded areas can be colorful If you are looking to incorporate color, beauty and low maintenance into areas of your yard that may be shaded, I hope you consider Astilbe, a perennial from the Saxifragaceae family that flourishes in shady areas and/or containers. Typically described as “a beautiful, showy flower atop glossy, fern-like foliage,” they can add color and texture to places where full-sun flowers fail to thrive. Astilbes are native to mountain ravines and woodlands, blooming mid-spring to late summer in zones 4-8.  (For zoning questions Jeff Lowenfels Read More …