Winter Doesn’t Have to Mean Boring

One distinct challenge about living in Alaska is making the landscape appealing in the winter. Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves, there’s very little color, and everything is covered by a…

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…

Heating it up: Compost Heated Greenhouses

Most Alaskan gardeners are creative out of necessity. With a growing season made up of unique light patterns, temperature fluctuations and abbreviated season lengths, gardeners learn to adapt. Gardeners who…

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…

Making Peace with Green Tomatoes

I used to be so angry when summer ended and I would have so many green (unripe) tomatoes. Now I accept, and embrace the bounty of green fruit. I will…

Poinsettia Progression: The Origin, Growth, and Care of Euphorbia pulcherrima

  The holiday season is upon us once again, and what holiday decorations would be complete without the addition of colorful poinsettias?  The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) in its many varieties…

Plant Starts for Gifts

Plant Start for Gifts In the spring when it is time to start plants indoors to be transplanted outdoors after the danger of frost has passed is an ideal time…

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…

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Book Review: “The Firecracker Boys” by Dan O’Neill

Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, and… Point Hope? You might initially think that the book “The Firecracker Boys” doesn’t have anything to do with gardening in Alaska.  Yet it has…