Wasilla Alaska Garden Adventures

Wasilla Alaska Garden Adventures - learning about gardening up north.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Garden Disaster... it happened again.

 Sometime while we slept last Thursday night and again on Friday night the local moose paid us a visit. It has happens every summer. We were not able to catch the thief in the act. I believe they are passing along the knowledge from cow to calf and each new generation returns to the same locations annually. The only answer is a stout log fence topped with electric wire. I chose a greenhouse instead and put off the fence.  We really could not afford both at the same time. What can I say... that's a choice I made and I understood the risk. They didn't quite get everything - broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kohlrabi are pretty much gone and the snap peas took a hit too. I am afraid they will be back. We will still keep watching - but you can't stand guard 24 hours. The fence is still  #1 on our to-do list and hopefully this won't happen again next year. We still have strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, eggplants, peppers, beets, green beans, some peas and greenhouse tomatoes doing fine. They usually take their favorite plants first - and then work their way through the less desirable ones over time. We shall see. We have learned to accept these magnificent creatures as our neighbors. That's just part of life in the Last Frontier.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Shortcake Tonight...

Looks like we are having Strawberry Shortcake tonight !

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July Garden Update

The greenhouse tomatoes are going crazy. I may have to start pruning them as some have already reached the ceiling. I am learning as I go and next year I will not plant so many buckets and certainly not so close together! I tried using a Blossom Set spray last week and I have started spraying with an organic fungicide spray as some of the lower foliage is showing signs of disease. It does stay very humid despite the ventilation. There are many green tomatoes and we should have plenty to pick in a few weeks.

A hungry Robin got our first ripe strawberry and I quickly put up a Bird Net to protect the rest.

The strawberry plants are loaded and it won't be long before we have enough to start making jam.

This will be our first Gooseberry crop and along with Gooseberry pie it looks like we may have enough to try some Gooseberry wine too.

The Eggplants and Peppers are looking much better after a slow start during our cool rainy June weather. I am learning that these plants are very temperature sensitive and can use all of the warmth that they can get. They seem to do better when I leave the grow tunnel closed even when the temperature climbs near 100 degrees inside.