It’s gardening time!

The garden season officially starts here in interior Alaska on June 1. Up until then there is still the danger of frost. (Even after then some years!) Well, we took a chance on Sunday and put our pre-plants in the ground. We didn’t have time to plant any seeds or potatoes. Those will likely plant a bit at a time this week and next. We have a smaller garden than in years past but it’s still a large garden about 1500 square feet (30×50).

The kids each have their own areas. Richard has broccoli, cauliflower, corn, kale, collard greens planted. He has seeds he will also be planting so we may need to get him more space. He has daisies planted at the ends of each row. Karen’s spot is much smaller. She has a broccoli, a cauliflower, and 3 daisies. They each have one special seed potato the owner of the greenhouse where we bought the pre-plants gave them: one is red, the other purple.

Somehow we wound up with an extra set of 6 daisies. I put 3 in a big pot at the top of the garden. The other 3 are in the bottom of the garden. We have now planted in the main garden broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, squash, zucchini, and rhubarb. The seeds still needing to be planted are beans, beets, peas, carrots, some flowers, and potatoes.

We are relying on rain to water the garden. We don’t have gutters on the house or garage since the new roof was put on last fall. We eventually hope to have gutters and rain barrels on both sides of the house and garage plus a pond or two down at the garden. If this year is like last summer, it should be fine with sunny mornings then showers in the late afternoon and evening a few days a week.

Our garden season is about 90 days from June through August. It’s been know to start snowing in September. However the long days (up to 20 hours of sunlight) make things grow very big, very fast. We start our seeds inside in April and May then transplant them outside around June 1 which helps lengthen the season.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m sure everyone was very anxious to get started. It is so much fun to plant the garden each year, I can’t imagine waiting until June 1 each year.

  2. Naturehills,
    Anticipation of gardening is what helps sometimes get through the long, dark late winter days. We almost didn’t wait long enough. We had a freeze Friday (May 30) in the valley. We’re up on a hill so it only went down to 37 here.

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