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…

From Bickles to Zickles

Every Alaskan gardener eventually runs up against the end of the season and a plethora of produce.Then comes the problem of what to do with it to actually get people…

City Girl Gone—How I Became an Alaska Gardener

RAISED BY CITY PEOPLE Raised by Amsterdam Dutch parents in Seattle, I grew up in a landscape surrounded by flowers. My family bought food fresh and in small quantities from…

Sometimes we just need a little inspiration…

Years ago, I was a late comer to a marvelous children’s book called The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who also wrote A Little Princess, which was made into…

Baby Powder Bug Repellent

Years ago I was an estate gardener on the Texas Gulf Coast, in Houston Texas to be exact. I worked on a property that was near a slow-moving, mosquito-generating body…

A Gardener Wears Many Hats: Entomology In The Garden

A Good Defense Someone recently said to me, “A gardener wears many hats.”  I thought of this when I was doing some reading for a quiz for the Alaska Master…