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Latest Blog Posts for Last Frontier Garden

  • Draining my bank account: Alaska State Fair edition
    on Aug 29, 2016 in Alaska
    Well, it’s that time of year again. The Alaska State Fair is in full swing, and being the die-hard fair goer that I am (see here for prior coverage), it wasn’t a question of if, but when. Saturday, August 27 was the day, and along with 50,000 or...
  • That movie where the birds attack
    on Aug 24, 2016 in summer
    Yes, I’m still alive and kicking. It’s been so long since my last post, that I’ve had a dickens of a time figuring out my password. I had to uninstall and reinstall programs, for goodness sake. The formatting looks strange to me, too. Anyhoo, w...
  • R.I.P. Pinwheels: wherein I slightly destroy garden art
    on May 24, 2015 in accessories
    Some years ago, in my zeal to defend my Prunus maackii against those dastardly, ever-hungry moose, I concocted a trio of giant pinwheels. Yes, you read that correctly. Pinwheels. (I am pausing a moment to savor these feelings of humility, shame, and...
  • Oops, I did it again
    on Mar 26, 2015 in spring
    Britney Spears notwithstanding, if you do the same thing over and over, it doesn’t matter if it’s wrong. Clearly there is something about it that pays off for you. Exhibit A: my river garden in the front yard. On a whim, I wacked down the perenni...
  • 10 More Signs of Spring in Alaska
    on Mar 9, 2015 in spring
    Never content to hash something out one time, or even two, this Alaskan brings you the definitive list. Again. It may not be true spring here yet, but keep your eyes peeled for the signs. It won’t be long now, I have spotted numbers 6 and 10 alread...
  • Well, Al Gore was right, sort of
    on Nov 20, 2014
    We are having a remarkable winter here in Alaska. My swamp-dwelling sister in the southern USA is enjoying colder weather. You read that correctly. Alaska is warmer that most of the nation. Cue the music from the Twilight Zone now. Yep, it’s a he...
  • The curtain falls, but not today
    on Oct 19, 2014 in fall
      There is a persistent garden legend around here that has begun to annoy me. I heard it again the last week of July from a new-to-gardening friend. I told her that her container plants looked really thirsty (my thoughts were more like, “Al...
  • I don’t need the reminder, thanks
    on Sep 16, 2014 in why
    Today, Bing Crosby told me his favorite dream. We are not on speaking terms, Bing and I, but he got up in my grill, as the kids say. How can I ever forget the moment? There I was, pushing my cart along, searching for bulk commodities at an enormous...
  • Help! New to Alaska garden scene, what to plant?
    on Jun 23, 2014 in perennials
    Periodically I get an email from a new-to-Alaska gardener. It usually runs something like, “wow, I didn’t know people gardened in this forsaken hole. What are some plants that come back every year?” Firstly, quite a few long-time Alaskans don...
  • Oh say, can you sing that a different way?
    on Feb 17, 2014 in tips
      Volunteering in school has its rewards, chief of which are hearing a room full of 7-year olds, with their hands over their hearts, sing to José in the morning. “José, can you see, by the dawnzerly light?” Somewhat further down the list...
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