I've had tons of emails these past couple weeks from Alaskans asking if I'm planning on posting an updated 2009 summer activities list for Anchorage and yes, it's in the works as we speak.
With new schedules for some of the regular events along with about 8 or 9 new activities I've just discovered it's going to be the best list yet.
I'm just waiting on a couple of last minute schedules that usually come out just before school gets out but I'm planning on having it ready to go for this coming Thursday's post.
Meanwhile . . . it's time for a peanut plant update. Remember how I mentioned Growing Peanuts for Peanuts? Well here's our little guy going strong. I'm starting to harden him off so I can plant him outside in the garden in ten days.
I'm afraid I've been neglecting my writing lately as I enjoy our fabulous (I repeat FABULOUS) May weather and I've been making my rounds at the gardening spots around town. If you're in Anchorage here are my suggestions for plant shopping:
Forget Me Not Nursery
In Indian, just south of Anchorage, is my favorite place for perennials. I love the drive, the owners are great and the whole place is just a fun experience.
This Anchorage gardening classic is fine for your basic annuals and pot-stuffers. Their specialty is really wintering your rose bushes and fuchsias for a fee and I like going there just to breathe the air. They don't have a great variety but the standard annuals and herbs and things are there in abundance.
Alaska Mill and Feed
If you haven't been down to the port lately this is great for perennials and plants that actually do grow in Alaska and are hardy for our zone 2-4 temperatures. That's where I got my polar roses that I love so very much (they have them there right now for $25 and if you like roses I suggest you get one, they're gorgeous). They really are great for organic gardening--they used to have baby chicks, ducks and turkeys that the kids loved to watch while I shopped, I wish they still had them.
Fritz Creek Gardens
This is my latest gardening thrill. They're located in Homer and after seeing their terrific online store I'm ready to plan a pilgrimage down south to see them for myself. They only seem to have Alaska hardy perennials in all sorts of wondrous varieties and after browsing their website for an hour I carefully selected five plants for my front garden.
Not only will they ship anywhere in Alaska, it's only $1.75 for shipping per plant. I'll be posting more about my new garden designs in the next month (you see my bare bed above, things are just starting to come up!) but my order from Fritz Creek should be arriving sometime in the next few days. Oh I can hardly wait!!
The Anchorage Wood Lot
If you're in need of fire wood or mulch the Anchorage Wood Lot is now open for the season where you can either drop off old wood for a fee or you can get free firewood (great for that summer camping right?) or get free mulch from the chips they make. What a deal. Buying those silly bags of wood chips from the gardening stores makes no sense when you can get it at the woodlot for free right? Eco friendly and cost effective.
University of Alaska Cooperative Extension
And finally, the Cooperative Extension is the go-to place for your gardening information. They are associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks but have an office in Anchorage over on Northern Lights and Lake Otis where they have all sorts of information free to the public through pdf docs online or through physical publications at their office.
What kind of information? Oh anything to do with soil, gardening, home production and canning, home repairs, wells, animal and livestock care, even basic home economics such as sewing are covered a bit. I go there every so often to pick up booklets and publications I may have missed in the past and they will really help you get started if gardening is virgin territory for you.
I've already got a few posts outlined from some of the things I learned there on my last trip . . .
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