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It seems that everybody is inthe garden that can be and I was looking for tips on gardening in Alaska. I am looking for what grows here, organic ideas, organic farms, and anything else you can think of related to this. Thank you one and all.
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From:conscientiablue
Date:July 13th, 2004 06:39 am (UTC)
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randomly our leaf lettuce is a perennial. do you mean vegetable or flower gardens?
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From:kirillian
Date:July 13th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
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I was actually looking for both. Gardening here is taking some getting used to, but our flowers are doing the best of anything. Our vegatables are just plain embarrasing. ;-)
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From:conscientiablue
Date:July 14th, 2004 07:17 am (UTC)
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I dunno. we make rows of dirt, kinda shaped like a shortcake kinda like this: ^-^ and put a long hole about half an inch deep, put the seeds in, and water if it hasn't for a while. the - part of ^-^ routs the water to the seeds, everything pretty much comes up. quality of dirt will factor in... once in a while we'll have a fire in the winter on our garden, or we'll spread ashes there. we also have a compost pile.... we keep a coffee can in the kitchen for salad extras, cobs, or whatever that we take out to the pile, our grass clippings go on, and it all sits there, becoming compost. if the dirt is low for somereason we shovel some out from the bottom of the pile. They have those seeds that are specifically for Alaska... they're probably a sure bet.

randomly the unicolored dianthus came back too. for perrenials, trollius is probably my favorite... it'd probably grow the best in direct sunlight. also, those big ferns, about 5 feet accross are great for the north side. I tend to go for perennials, except for the baskets, for flowers... for better flowerage the next year. Lobelia is a nice filler, I even had a basket that was only lobelia. I like the dark purple, almost blue variety.
From:irateloki
Date:August 4th, 2004 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Hi, I posted this in the Alaskan community a few days ago and I figured I'd expand it to include everyone.

http://www.livejournal.com/poll/?id=329792&mode=enter

If someone could post this on the main page as I am not a member of the community, I'd appreciate this.
Could you fill that out? Sorry for bothering you!
From:moveoverrover
Date:March 11th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)

books

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I just bought my wife several books that deal with edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms indiginous to SE Alaska (where I live) from Amazon.com. I don't have the names right now but if you search the topic on Amazon several good books come up. A lot of them are handy pocket sized volumes with high gloss pages that resist moisture so they're great for taking into the woods (or the muskeg) to use as a harvest guide. I'll come back with the names of the books later. Good luck.
I'm new to LJ. What part of AK do you live in? I saw your posting on the AK political group to.
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From:kirillian
Date:March 11th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)

Re: books

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Cool. I would definately be interested in those books. I live in Anchorage.
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