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#1 of 4 Old 10-12-2009, 08:43 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A friend and I grew our first garden this year on her property in Anchorage and it was pretty successful. I'm looking for tips for next year and wondering what others have success growing.

We grew zuchini, peas, carrots, spinach, beans, turnips and brocoli. We were very successful with the beans, zuchini, turnips and carrots. We tried to grow pumkins and tomatoes but they didn't do too well. The pumkin got moved and was out of the plastic too long and we aren't sure what went wrong with our tomatoes that were covered. We got some brocoli but it turned to flower so we didn't get as much as we could. Overall though we had a very succesful harvest and hope to expand next year.

Anyone else garden? I posted this here since we have a unique climate.

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I grew fantastic gardens in Fairbanks and Delta Junction.

My attempt at gardening in Anchorage last year was a dismal failure.
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Do you have any specific questions? If so ask away.
My garden here on the Kenai Peninsula was only marginally successful this year but it was a first year garden in soil that to say the least needs some significant help. My potatoes did great, my broccoli did ok and everything else was a disappointment. I also have a large greenhouse that I put my tomatoes, zucs, cucs, and herbs in. They all did ok but that soil needs help as well.

My plan for this winter and next spring is to burn all off out brush and stuff from the property in the garden this year to increase the potash and I will hopefully be adding a bunch of rabbit manure to the garden either this fall of next spring to increase the nutrients. Just so you know rabbit and goat manure are the only to manures that I know of that can be added to the garden without ageing. As far as I know unless all other manures have aged for a while they will burn the plants that you are growing with to much nitrogen.
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Tomatos and pumpkins without a greenhouse in Anchorage is a losing proposition. Your broccoli probably 'bolted". Next season use an Alaska specific seed if you didn't this year. That goes for all veggies. There is a great "Alaska Gardening" book that they sell at Title Wave. I highly recommend it for its info and also its wry humor. Can't remember author or title but it's sunflower yellow with a picture of the 70 year old lady who wrote the book standing next to her 7 foot delphiniums.
I would also recommend joining one of the garden clubs in town. They meet once a month and have speakers who are specialists in x,y & z. It's great to get to know the "late season onion" guy or the "edible apple" gal in town. There are some gardening superfreaks in town and you can learn more in 10 minutes with them than experimenting for 10 years. Also, don't miss Jeff Lowenfell's "Garden Party" show on KBYR or his column in the ADN. He also has a couple of books and a video out.
Glad you asked...winter is the best time to learn about gardening. And in AK we have time to do A LOT of learning.
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