Monday, May 14, 2012

Gardening in Alaska



Today's picture is from 1916. It shows a magnificent garden near Fairbanks, Alaska. The garden appears to have both vegetables and flowers. The vegetables appear to be some type of cabbage or other leafy green. I am sure they would do well in the cool Alaska summers. Also looks like some plants are growing on the roof of the cabin.

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  1. Oh things do grow wonderfully in Fairbanks!! We where stationed there for a couple of years. The 24 hour daylight lets things grow twice as big as in the lower 48. Oh and the cabbages are friggin HUGE!!

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  2. He does have a lovely garden and such a charming cottage.

    Today, I plan to plant some watermelons, herbs, and okra. I also hope to get the beans and flower seeds in.

    I need to spray my roses again for sawfly larva. The rain keeps washing the spray off.

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  3. Well, it appears that he ran out of ground planting area and has started some plants on his roof.
    That is what I understand also, that gardens grow great up in Alaska due to the 24 hours of sunlight each day during the summer.

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  4. What do you imagine the twin lines are that are running to the box on the front of the cabin. Telephone or electric?

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  5. I was 7 years old and my friend Karen was 6. Her Dad had a really nice garden, lots of tomatoes. Me and Karen were playing in the field one summer day and I told her that to get the tomatoes to grow you had to pick off all the little yellow flowers. We went around picking all the buds off the tomatoe plants. I'll never forget how much trouble I was in after that.

    Every year I like to plant something strange that I have not planted before, along with the usual vegatables. This year a friend whose daughter is taking Agricultural courses at the tech school gave me some purple African Tomatoe plants. The tomatoes are supposed to be purple so I figured I'd try that this year as my uncommon plant. I can't wait to taste them. I've been told that they taste just like regular tomatoes only they are purple. Any tips out there for Purple African Tomatoes?

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  6. It even looks like there are plants growing inside the cabin.

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  7. Those are cabbage, peas, berries, and flowers. The ones growing on the roof look like weeds.

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  8. He looks mighty proud, and should be! Lovely garden and I like how tall the fence is on that one side. Must live next door to the deer family. :)

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  9. It's a sod roof - typical of cabins of that type. Anchorage used to have one just like that, with a sod roof, as the tourist information center (not sure if they still do).

    And yes, the cabbages do get huge!

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  10. This photo is from the Albert Johnson Photograph Collection, depicting a cabin and garden on First Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska.

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    1. Is that one of the cabins that possibly got moved to Pioneer Park(it used to have a different name but I don't remember what it is.)

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