Category Archives: Tools for Alaska Gardeners

Mindfulness and Gardening: The Benefits of Stopping, Breathing, and Enjoying your Alaska Garden

Mindfulness and Gardening The Benefits of Stopping, Breathing and Enjoying your Alaska Garden   Gardening has consistently proven to be a healthy, mood-enhancing activity that begets numerous psychological and physical benefits.  For…

The Dirt on Testing Your Garden Soil

  Whether you are planning a new garden or have well established beds, testing your soil can provide valuable information about your garden’s fertility and help you plan additions of…

Gardening in Alaska just got cooler with “Cool Plants for Cold Climates” by Brenda C. Adams

Are you new to gardening in Alaska? Are you often overwhelmed by all of the possibilities when trying to select annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs? Do you enjoy spending winter…

Confessions of a Gardener

As a gardener, I have many things to confess.  The ideal image of a person bending over neat rows with gloves, apron, hat and trowel, with that odd tiny rake…

Seed Starting for Beginners Part 2

Time to light it up! The little plants are pushing their shoulders out of the soil.  Within hours, they will be pushing skyward in a life saving race to find…

Seed starting for Beginners Part 1

Its that time!  It is the time of year – time to appease our need for the smell of soil and the love of nurturing green life. Many people spend…

Making seed tape and trying new carrot recipes. A good task for the long nights of winter

Why make seed tape? I hate to thin my seedlings. It’s just so sad to pull one of my dear little plants. I am also terrible at taking the time…

Peas Be With You

Well, it is now nearing August and my first Interior Alaska garden is thriving more than I ever imagined it would. I planted a little bit of everything to see…

Growing Garlic in Alaska

Growing beautiful and tasty garlic in Southcentral Alaska is easy and fun! I now grow so much that I have enjoyed giving it as gifts.  The dried bunches are very…