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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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Christmas tree recycling on again

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Mike Post places Christmas trees into a wood chipper in a Carrs  parking lot last year. Tree chips are used for trail cover, erosion control, and mulch for landscaping. Bill Roth/ADNMike Post places Christmas trees into a wood chipper in a Carrs parking lot last year. Tree chips are used for trail cover, erosion control, and mulch for landscaping. Bill Roth/ADNThe 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.

From December 28 through January 15, free recycling of Christmas trees will be provided in Anchorage at all Carrs stores. The Eagle River and Palmer Carrs will also have tree reclycling sites as well as the Mat-Su Borough Central Landfill. Remember to remove your precious ornaments, the tree stand and decorations including all lights, tinsel and any plastic bagging. Wreaths will not be accepted.

The trees are ground into wood chips and distributed to local nonprofits and parks to use in their gardens and on trails.

Anchorage Boy Scout Troop 268 will pick up trees (in Anchorage only) for a small donation. Call 868-8899 for information.

If you know of a tree recycling effort on the Kenai Peninsula, please share that info in the comment section - thanks!

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