Category Archives: Gardening

Ashley Taborsky planting apple tree

5 Considerations Before Planting Fruit Trees

Many of us who grew up in rural areas have fond childhood memories of fruit trees.

Maybe it was watching the tree bloom each spring, with the sweet scent of blossoms filling the air. Or maybe it was experiencing the annual harvest, with the smallest kids climbing up and gently shaking tree limbs, while family & friends on the ground used a wide tarp to catch falling apples.

There’s no doubt that planting a hardy apple or cherry tree is planting the seed of future memories. But there are things to know before you grow. Before you start digging, there are 5 important factors to keep in mind that will help ensure a fruitful experience. Continue reading 5 Considerations Before Planting Fruit Trees

two chickens by leaf pile during fall

Fall Leaves: nature’s free mulch, compost & animal bedding

Driving through neighborhoods during fall time, it’s common to see big black trash bags stuffed with raked leaves sitting on the curb, waiting for garbage day.

When your yard (or a nearby neighbor’s yard) is filled with leafy, deciduous trees, although it’s a chore to rake up falling leaves, you’re actually bagging up brown gold that you – or someone else – could re-purpose. Continue reading Fall Leaves: nature’s free mulch, compost & animal bedding

mother and two baby moose eating bucket of apples in Anchorage, Alaska

Some cities have raccoon problems, some have deer or bugs. But Anchorage, Alaska? Well…

There were thumping and scraping noises coming from my front porch in residential Anchorage, Alaska.  It was dark out, and I was getting nervous, wondering who was creeping around my home at night. I finally built up the courage to peek out my window, and… Continue reading Some cities have raccoon problems, some have deer or bugs. But Anchorage, Alaska? Well…

red and gold organic beets without tops

First Time Canning With a Water Bath: Pickled Homegrown Beets

It was time to harvest my beets, and I wanted to try canning at home.

I took a few classes on canning earlier this year from the UAF extension office in Anchorage, so I was familiar with the differences between the hot water bath canning method and a pressure canner, but I had never done it on my own. Continue reading First Time Canning With a Water Bath: Pickled Homegrown Beets