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 (email@example.com) writes the blog.
February Garden Calendar - 1/29/2010 9:28 am
UA Anchorage recognized as a Tree Campus USA - 1/27/2010 10:36 am
Stone walls provide beauty and exercise - 1/26/2010 8:43 am
USDA program for high tunnels offered - 1/25/2010 8:08 pm
Worms could eat your garbage too - 1/24/2010 8:01 pm
Wildflower Garden Club offers annual scholarship - 1/21/2010 1:08 pm
Where did you find inspiration last year? - 1/19/2010 3:57 pm
Zaumseils say farewell for now - 1/18/2010 3:57 pm
Posted: January 29, 2010 - 9:28 am
Sign up now! for a five week Organic Gardening course at Mat-Su College (AGRI 138) with Ellen Vande Visse. Five Friday evenings and a Saturday field trip from March 19 - April 17. (907) 745-9746 for more info.
Posted: January 27, 2010 - 10:36 am
The Arbor Day Foundation has announced the selection of the University of Alaska, Anchorage as a 2009 Tree Campus USA University for its "dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship."
Posted: January 26, 2010 - 8:43 am
Posted: January 25, 2010 - 8:08 pm
The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service has a pilot program underway that will share the cost of high tunnel structures with producers under the agency's Environmental Quality Incentive Program. Participants will have to meet program eligibility and there are some specifications that are required in the structures themselves.
Posted: January 24, 2010 - 8:01 pm
There were no frowns or disapproving looks among this group of people, no squeals of disgust or moves to empty out the stacked containers full of worms into the dust bin.
Posted: January 21, 2010 - 1:08 pm
The Wildflower Garden Club is again offering an annual scholarship to graduating high school students and current college students intending to major in Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Forestry, Botany, Agronomy, Plant Pathology and/or allied subjects.
Posted: January 19, 2010 - 3:57 pm
I can just feel my mood lightening with the increase in daylight and the seed catalogues are pouring in so it must be time to think about planting already.
Posted: January 18, 2010 - 3:57 pm
Weed warriors Lori and Troy Zaumseil, the force behind the movement that got everyone focusing on invasive weeds in Alaska sent out this email today:
Posted: January 17, 2010 - 1:44 pm
By guest book reviewer Rosemary Kimball of Sterling:
When I was a kid in Honolulu many years ago, my parents would occasionally pick up some Chinese takeout in McCulley and once in a while there would be the most delicious flavor in a dish, which years later, I found out was cilantro, or Chinese parsley. Because of that memory that was the first vegetable I turned to in the book Growing Chinese Vegetables in Your Own Back Yard by Geri Harrington. (Storey Publishing, softcover, $16.96.)
Posted: January 14, 2010 - 5:01 pm
By Jeff Richardson / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP
Posted: January 13, 2010 - 2:27 pm
Les Brake: Plantsman by summer, The Ice Man in winter.
Les Brake is presenting his annual luminaria display this Friday from 5 - 9:30pm at Coyote Garden on the Willow Hatcher Pass Rd. Created with tinted water frozen in molds - Les uses everything from Bundt pans to milk cartons to ice cube trays - he then builds sculptures and luminaria by freezing pieces together. He has even been known to "glue" sculptures to the side of his house in below freezing temperatures to get the look he wants.
Posted: January 13, 2010 - 10:36 am
Posted: January 12, 2010 - 11:02 am
The UAF Cooperative Extension Service recently announced the addition of an Invasive Plant Instructor, a statewide position based in Anchorage:
Posted: January 10, 2010 - 3:32 pm
Noteworthy upcoming events, conferences and workshops of interest to Alaska gardeners.
• Sign up now! for a five week Organic Gardening course at Mat-Su College (AGRI 138) with Ellen Vande Visse. Five Friday evenings and a Saturday field trip from March 19 - April 17. (907) 745-9746 for more info.
Posted: January 6, 2010 - 3:08 pm
All-America Selections has added five more plants to the 2010 winners and changed the way they are introduced to the public. Effective immediately, seeds for all winners are available from seed suppliers and plants will be available in the spring.
Posted: January 5, 2010 - 4:23 pm
A note forwarded from Central Peninsula Garden Club in Kenai:
"And speaking of recycling trees, ......artificial that is.....(green plastic that is, oil in a different form that is), the Kenai Visitor Center is looking for donations of artificial trees, preferably without lights, and with all the branches and tree stand in good shape.
Posted: January 4, 2010 - 7:52 pm
The holidays are over and 2010 has arrived. Seed catalogues are beginning to show up in mailboxes and the days are getting longer.
Pretty soon we'll be planning our gardens for the summer and starting seeds indoors.
This is a great time, while we have a little lull, to go through your photos from the past year and post them to the garden gallery!
Posted: December 30, 2009 - 7:55 pm
January 1, Happy New Year! May all our gardens be green and healthy this year.
Posted: December 27, 2009 - 5:06 pm
The holidays are over and the toys are put away. The Christmas tree is dropping it's needles and doesn't have that fresh spruce scent anymore. Don't chuck that tree out with the garbage. Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) want to remind you that you can recycle your tree.
Posted: December 23, 2009 - 3:59 pm
Every winter I grudgingly give in to admiration as snow blankets the landscape. I hate it when it first begins to snow but once it’s landed, it works it’s way into my heart.