Talk Dirt To Me

Gardening in Alaska presents big challenges, whether it's the extra effort in finding plants tough enough to survive our Zone 2-4 climate, communicating with like-minded Alaska gardeners, or keeping up with the latest trends, issues and solutions. We'll try to help with that. We'll also tour gardens from Homer to Anchorage to Wasilla to Willow whenever we get the chance, and post the best garden photos around. Presenting a forum about cold-weather gardening and for cold-weather gardeners is what we are all about. We hope you'll join us on the Talk Dirt garden blog.

Photographer and gardener Fran Durner (fdurner@adn.com) writes the blog.

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Dale Marshall and J.D. Megchelsen check out Dale's pumpkin before unloading at the weigh-off at the State Fair in September. Fran Durner/ADNDale Marshall and J.D. Megchelsen check out Dale's pumpkin before unloading at the weigh-off at the State Fair in September. Fran Durner/ADNAnchorage giant pumpkin grower Dale Marshall doesn't look like Santa Claus but he is sure to bring holiday cheer to gardeners jonesing to try their hand at growing a giant pumpkin for themselves. He's offering free seeds from the pumpkins he entered at the State Fair this year. Click here to read about those pumpkins and see photos of them. They weighed in at 572 and 594 pounds!

Dale Marshall (arms crossed) and J.D. Megchelsen, center, watch as Dales 594 pound pumpkin is weighed. Fran Durner/ADNDale Marshall (arms crossed) and J.D. Megchelsen, center, watch as Dales 594 pound pumpkin is weighed. Fran Durner/ADNMarshall and Nikiski grower J.D. Megchelson so far have been the only two competitors in the giant pumpkin category at the State Fair in Palmer. Click here to read about this year's pumpkin weigh-off and see a video. It would be great fun to have a few more entries next year!

Email Dale Marshall at: dpmarshall@gci.net for your seeds
Now that's some kind of Christmas present!

To get advice about what it takes to grow one of these behemoths, check out their growing diaries. These babies definitely need babying.

Click here to see Dale Marshall's pumpkin growing diary.

Click here to see J.D. Megchelsen' pumpkin growing diary.

Click here for an audio slideshow at J.D.'s garden

Good luck! Please check in and let me know if you have growing success!

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