Peony Pride in High Country Southcentral Alaska: One Gardener’s Trials, Tribulations, and Eventual Success

By:  Troy Weiss,       Student at Alaska Master Gardening Class UAF On-Line, Fall 2017 Description When I was planning my garden a few years ago, a more experienced gardening friend suggested…

Tropical Alaska: Growing Indoor Tropical Plants in Anchorage

It’s October and the birch and cottonwood leaves color the ground yellow outside, while the annual flowers planted around Anchorage have been pulled up.  The termination dust has already frosted the…

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…

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…

Hare damaged apple tree

Hare today, Gone tomorrow: Grafting to Replace Apple Trees Decimated by Hares.

The hare population seems to be booming in Fairbanks. This winter, some hares were able to walk right over the fences and completely girdle some fruit trees by eating the…

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…

Touring Gardens for Design Inspiration

The Hook Last week I was lucky enough to stumble onto an article previewing the local garden tour.  Emphasis on preview because I had not yet missed the tour.  As I…