Portrait of an Alaskan Garden


Using the old John Deere to clear space for the garden.

In 2006 my husband, Matt, cleared a space for our garden. He used the old John Deere to drag cottonwood logs cut from our property as raspberry bed borders.

The garden in March

March may still look like winter, but it’s spring in my head, and I start thinking about what I’ll plant in May. The gardening books come out, I review previous years’ notes, and rattle my leftover seed packets because I like the sound of all that potential. Weeding and back pain don’t even cross my mind.

Spinach plants and leaves in a laundry basket.

One summer, the spinach leaves grew to the size of salad plates! I washed out a laundry basket for hauling my favorite greens to the kitchen for processing. We eat lots of spinach salads, and blanch and freeze the rest.

Chuck Mallory
8/30/2010 9:47:42 PM

@Susan: What an education! I had no idea about gardens in Alaska. In fact, I don't know much about Alaska except aurora borealis, cold, and Sarah Palin. This was quite an education. P.S. I'm jealous about your spinach!

8/17/2010 2:23:15 PM

Cindy: Good luck with the fall planting! My second batch is coming along nicely, probably bcs it's been such a cloudy, rainy summer. Margaret: Hello fellow Alaskan! We've thought about growing potatoes, but we can buy them from local farmers in the Mat-Su Valley so cheaply all year that we just do that instead. FBX sure has had some hot weather lately. Good luck to you and your garden! Susan

Margaret E. Kellogg_2
8/16/2010 5:02:46 PM

What wonderful crops you are getting. I'm in Fairbanks and I have had wonderful success with turnips this year. I have a wonderful crop of potatoes coming too. This is only our second year of being able to have a garden. Great to see you are having good crops. Margaret

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