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Alaskan Gardening

I’m starting to put in my garden for the year. Our signal that it’s time for planting is when the birch tree leaves are the size of a squirrel’s ear. When I was growing up, that was always Memorial Day, but in the last few years, that’s been closer to the middle of May.

Cole crops often do well in Alaska due to the cool temperatures, but many vegetables and flowers like the long summer days.

While some other gardeners have to deal with deer, here we hope the moose don’t eat everything. Knock on wood, the tall enclosure seems to be working so far. Or maybe we just haven’t had many moose come through lately–time will tell.

I’ve donated batches of veggies to the local food bank, and plan to do more this year. I encourage all you gardeners to look up Plant a Row for the Hungry at https://gardencomm.org/PAR

Happy gardening, wherever you are!

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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