Gardening in Alaska
Gardening in Alaska is not easy. I mentioned a bit about my poor apple orchard on the post I have for Raw Apple Pie. This is the ONE apple tree that was left untouched by the rabbits, in full bloom last summer! It survived yet another winter which I am so thankful for. I hope we have as good of a harvest as last year or better. Apple trees are so pretty in bloom.
I don’t remember if I told you that we had to dig up all 12 of the apple trees that died from the orchard and now it is a nice grassy area with a large raspberry patch we are Gardening in. The poor tree above is what all the apple trees looked like after the rabbits ate them. I must admit it feels very nice to have an 8 foot fence and no worries of something coming up behind me while I weed the area, like Bears! I love raspberries and am hoping for a good harvest this year. Last year the moose chewed down all my raspberry bushes to about 2 ft high and the rabbits finished off what was left of a possible harvest. So I was happy to move the raspberry patch into the fenced area where they will be more protected.
My grandson and granddaughter will have so much fun picking and eating raspberries this year…..crossing our fingers. I also have a nice strawberry patch that a homesteader in the area gave me starts for quite a few years ago. They are the best sweetest strawberries I have ever tasted…but they don’t seem to survive outside of Alaska and I’ve never been able to find a name for them. But I get plenty to freeze and eat fresh.
Last summer Gardening was very difficult. Even past the summer solstice, it didn’t get much warmer than mid 50’s – 60’s! It was a very strange growing season last year and all the locals were commenting about how cold it was. We are all really hoping for a warmer summer this year. I’m getting the Gardening bug and am starting to make my seed list. Have you started a Gardening list?