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.
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Posted: May 5, 2009 - 3:52 pm
Each summer the mounds of dirt (like small volcanoes) in my lawn are getting more and closer together. Can you tell me what is causing these mounds and what I can do to stop the progression? They are killing out my grass. Thanks. CLH
Posted: May 4, 2009 - 1:59 pm
Author Rose Marie Nichols McGee will be speaking at the Alaska Master Gardeners day-long workshop Hands-on Harvest on Saturday, May 9. Nichols McGee is the president of Nichols Garden Nursery in Oregon. Early registration ($55) has been extended till Wednesday, May 6, after which the fee is $75. Lunch is included.
Posted: May 3, 2009 - 3:52 pm
Inside the ADN's special Home & Garden section published Sunday is a pull-out calendar of gardening events stretching into the fall and winter, including dates for upcoming plant sales and garden club lectures.
Posted: April 30, 2009 - 3:20 pm
May 1, Friday, 5-8pm. Garden writer Tracy DiSabato-Aust, author of The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, will give a talk and workshop on how to create a well designed garden in Kenai at the Kenai Peninsula College, Room 108 and 109. Tickets are $10 at the door.
Posted: April 29, 2009 - 10:53 am
I'm growing canary bird vine for the first time and the little plantlings really needed a support to climb, so I raided my odds-and-ends drawer and came up with wood (or maybe they are bamboo) shish kebab skewers to use as I transplanted the seedlings into individual pots. Overnight, the vines embraced the supports and hooked on.
Posted: April 28, 2009 - 4:24 pm
Posted: April 26, 2009 - 1:56 pm
Tracy DiSabato-Aust, garden designer and author of three books, including The Well-Tended Perennial Garden, The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Borders With Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals & Bulbs and 50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants (all Timber Press), will speak in Kenai on Friday, May 1, and in Anchorage on Saturday, May 2, at 7pm at the Alaska Wild Berry Theatre. We had a chance to ask her a few questions before her appearance.
Posted: April 23, 2009 - 5:01 pm
Posted: April 22, 2009 - 5:18 pm
The Alaska Community Forestry Program is encouraging schools, organizations and communities to plant a tree honoring Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood. You can register your tree with the ACFP, and in return for planting and caring for the tree in a public place, they will send you a framed certificate. A map locating the tree and photos of it will be featured on the Alaska Division of Forestry web site. The tree must be planted between May 15 and July 15, 2009. Arbor Day is May 18. Contact Stephen Nickel or Patricia Joyner for more info at the Alaska Community Forestry Program, 269-8465 or -8466.
Posted: April 21, 2009 - 3:33 pm
The Alaska Master Gardeners have extended the deadline for early registration for their spring workshop, Hands-on Harvest, being held on Saturday, May 9. You can save $20 by registering by May 6. After that the day-long workshop will cost $75. Lunch is included.
Posted: April 19, 2009 - 6:09 pm
We gardeners are always lusting after some plant or another. What's on YOUR list this year?
Posted: April 16, 2009 - 5:13 pm
The sea gulls are back. The geese are flying in, and little piles of moose nuggets are emerging from under the melting snow.
Posted: April 15, 2009 - 11:53 am
I have a very small lot and I compost food scraps during the summer when I can. During the winter, I figure the dump probably needs the organic matter too, so I don't worry too much about it.
Posted: April 13, 2009 - 3:22 pm
Newspaper, Pennies, Cardboard & Eggs For Growing a Better Garden
By Roger Epson and the Editors of Organic Gardening. Published in January of 2008 by Rodale Press.
The title is catchy and definitely gets your attention, but more on that later. This book is chock full of practical advice, age-old practices and modern discoveries as well as recipes, design plans and simple instructions for building your own garden structures. It's all crammed into ten chapters and 346 pages, in a nicely designed and easy-to-read format geared towards the home gardener. The hand drawn illustrations are pretty and easily understood.
Posted: April 12, 2009 - 2:28 pm
Posted: April 9, 2009 - 2:07 pm
I'd almost forgotten the thrill of seeing tiny seedlings emerge after sowing them into flats days before. Every morning and evening I've been checking on the little dears, most impatiently since I got such a late start and I want them all up NOW!
Posted: April 8, 2009 - 3:02 pm
The Garden Snaps map is out! 15,000 FREE copies have been printed and distributed to garden centers around the state. If you haven't heard about this pretty and resourceful map, it contains info for Anchorage, Eagle River, Girdwood, Indian, Mat-Su and Big Lake with listings of nurseries, garden centers, farmers markets and other resources for gardeners. Maps for the Kenai Peninsula and the Fairbanks area are planned for the future. This is a wonderful resource if you like to check out all the greenhouses in any given area. This is a creative collaboration by Lynne Opstad and Anna Denis with artwork and design by Deborah Fields.
Posted: April 7, 2009 - 12:27 pm
Proven Winners is introducing a dwarf lilac, "Bloomerang," with a reblooming habit -- it claims it "blooms in spring and then again throughout the summer."
Posted: April 5, 2009 - 2:10 pm
Everyone loves a garden gnome, right? Those diminutive fixtures of the cottage garden that peek out at you elfishly from under rosebushes, from behind trees or perch themselves straight out in the open on the edges of warm, inviting rocks as they keep watch over the garden. Their pointed red hats are hard to miss, even when they try their best to hide.
Posted: March 31, 2009 - 12:17 pm
There is a serious amount of garden events going on this month, enough to satisfy anyone, if you don't end up dropping from exhaustion!
April 1 and 8, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30pm. GARDEN DESIGN WORKSHOP. The Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presents their annual garden design workshop. Learn about garden design and develop a unique plan for your own garden. Classes include lecture-style slide presentations, handouts, and one-on-one time including a 2 hour session with a landscape architect on Saturday, April 11. $225 per residential site. Held at the BP Energy Center. For a reservation and additional information please contact Eric Morey by calling 279–2688 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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