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Gardening in Alaska (with pics!)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

(This is probably going to be more than one post... you know how I like to ramble on!!)

Yay! It's time for the Midnight Sun and gardening in Alaska!! This is my second year gardening in Interior Alaska and even though I have notta flamin' clue what I'm doing, I sure am growing stuff! You'd be shocked at how much WORK gardening really is, I know I was! I promised you pics and here they are!! Pics of the raised beds and various planters, boxes, and washers (washers??!!??) my dear sweet, talented, wonderful (sorry, I have to, he reads these blogs too..), fabulous, handsome, patient, loving, Swiss Army Man cause he can do it all, husband built, lugged, moved and then moved again (you know... just a tad to the left.. no, no, too far...wait, there!!!).

These are the two-level boxes and window box on the front of our HouseWassaGarage (used to be GarageWannBeHouse, but that's a whole nother blog or two's worth!!), with three kinds of peppers, dill, three kinds of basil, catnip, rhubarb, onions, parsley, and romaine lettuce. There is crooked-necked squash in the big planter and chives in the little one in the corner. I didn't have flowers in the window box at the time of the pic, but I do now and will post pics once they take off a little better.

This is to the left of picture window and down the side of the house. There is zucchini in the big planter and roma tomatoes in the side box.

The rest of the 18 (I wanted 8 to 10, he talked me into 18, because they come in a flat of 18...*shrug* gotta pick yer battles, right?) roma tomato plants, because we want LOTS of sauce this fall!!

The three new raised bed boxes in the front yard to the left, planted with runner beans (see the nifty cage?) in the first one, cabbages in the second, and kale, collard greens, and spinach in the third.

This is the deck with two kinds of sunflowers in the corner pots, dill, strawberries across the front, and some of my little gnomes friends. There are hollyhocks in the pots on either side of my Merry Maroon door. No, that's not a bomb to the right, it's a large anchor weight with a propeller on the top, just more of the stuff and things found when we were cleaning up the property.

This is my favorite little guy... hehe... he looks like my husband!

Told you I had washers!! The one came with the HouseWassaGarage and the other was acquired by asking if I could have it! I want to get a red union suit and put in the rollers... hahahaha!! Does anyone remember using these (the washers, not the union suit)? I remember watching my grandmother when I was a kid. She made sure I kept my fingers away from the rollers!! She called them manglers and I can see why!

The little thinker gnome between the washers... he needed a quiet place to ponder life's mysteries.

The box at the end of the yard with the five baby lilacs we rescued from the dump, and sewn with Alaska wildflower mix and also some sunflowers. Each of the rocks in the rock garden was a gift from a friend at my *Rockin Not-39 Birthday Party* last year!! I even left the ribbons on some of them.

Everything grows pretty fast under the midnight sun, just have to be careful with keeping things watered and weeded. I enjoy my time outside (except for the skeeters trying to make me into an all-ya-can-suck buffet!!) and take pride in knowing I can grow my own food and flowers, even here in Alaska!
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    Love you raised beds, I also have raised beds, 1 is going to be my strawberry bed, and then 3 more planted with broccoli, cauliflower, squash, peas, lettuce carrots, tomatos. In the strawberry bed I have 2 hanging baskets with lots of runners that I am trying to root, and planted my onions in there as well. Isn't gardening in an interior summer fun and rewarding?
    1919 days ago
  • AUNTC321
    Thanks for sharing the photos. I have just started gardening here in Michigan too. Now have four raised beds and several pots of squash etc. Probably too much but it is fun.
    1922 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by Caseytalk! I've already had a first harvest of onions, parsley, kale, sweet basil and purple basil, and the neighborhood kitties have already had more than their share of the catnip, they stole the first plant right out of the ground! The second one got nibbled down to a nub, so we put a cage around it too.. lol. My poor indoor kitties will never get any at this rate! I love the exercise I get outside in the Alaskan summer, it's like a reward for surviving the winter!
    1925 days ago
    You've been busy! Those veggies are going to taste great.
    1926 days ago
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