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Hydroponics System Types
Hydroponics System Types There are a lot of times in life when we nosedive into something and then figure it
Seed Saving and Seed Testing
Seed Saving and Seed Testing All you plant people know how important and how beautiful seeds can be. A tiny,
Nutrient Mobility The C. Hopkins café is managed by my cousin Monocle. Now before you mutter some likely hilarious phrases
Agrivoltaics The topic of energy production for the future of our planet is a dividing one, to say the least.
Reproduction in Plants
Reproduction in Plants All the food you eat depends on the successful reproduction of plants. Sometimes that is direct, such
History of ‘Green Thumb’
History of ‘Green Thumb’ Undoubtedly you know someone who has deemed themself as having a black thumb. Maybe you even
Value Added Agriculture
Value Added Agriculture Remember as a kid when momma would take the berries you had picked from the yard and
Plant Diagnostics – Part 1
Plant Diagnostics – Part 1 You spent the spring planning the perfect garden and everything looked beautiful, but now some
More on regrowing/propagation
More on regrowing/propagation Regrow (propagate) As mentioned in our article about options for working with scraps from your garden, regrowing
It’s all about eggs
It's all about the eggs Farm fresh eggs bought directly from a producer can be significantly more expensive than store-bought
Beneficial Garden Insects
While a lot of people do not like seeing insects on their garden plants, several insect visitors are beneficial to
Dandelions Taking Over
Dandelions are often the first plant to start sprouting in the late spring and in early summer. If dandelions aren't
Strong Winds in the Garden
Strong Winds in the Garden When you are experiencing strong winds, especially for longer durations, it can have an adverse
Types of Honey
When it comes to labels on honey, you might see words such as "raw", "local", "regular", and "organic." Those words
Natural Pesticide Recipes
There are several homemade recipes to help deter pests from your garden. Like fungicide recipes, most pesticide ingredients are common
Natural Fungicide Recipes
There are a handful of safe fungicide treatments that can be made from using household ingredients. Avoid applying any fungicide
Introduction to Rain Barrels
Rainwater collection has many benefits from reducing your utility bills during rainy periods while helping offset the cost during dry
Poultry in the Garden
An easy way to integrate livestock into your garden is to add poultry, specifically ducks and chickens. Both chickens and
Green Water Infrastructure
Green water infrastructure refers to using practices that mimic natural systems to manage stormwater runoff. Having green infrastructure in place
While the land of the midnight sun is known for many wonderful things, melon production is not one of them.
What is Rotational Grazing?
Rotational grazing is the process of dividing your pasture into sections and rotating your livestock to graze smaller sections over
What are the Principles to Manage Soil Health?
Soil health management principles focus on four major categories: minimize soil disturbance, increase soil cover, maximize living roots, and increase
Is Crop Rotation Important?
When it comes to growing a garden, crop rotation can be a great tool to keeping your vegetables and soil
Who’s Related? Understanding Plant Families
For vegetable gardening, knowing what plants are in the same family can help you rotate crops, manage pests and disease,
Did you promise a rose garden?
Lynn Anderson may have never promised you a rose garden, but growing one in Alaska can be a great addition
How an Early Start does not always lead to success
As warm-ups happen and break-up season starts getting into the swing of things, planting can seem like it should be
Basic Care of Houseplants Part 2
Houseplants may need to be repotted. This happens when they outgrow their current pot, you are propagating the plants, or
Basic Care of Houseplants Part 1
Anyone can grow healthy houseplants by knowing the basics of plant care. It is important to know what type of
What is Soil Blocking?
A soil block is a cube of a soil mixture and water that is compressed into a mold forming a
Self-watering Raised Beds: How to Build One
Keeping the garden a manageable and enjoyable place to grow and eat from can be an overwhelming task or one
Growing Hay in Alaska: What to know
The business of hay in Alaska has been an interesting one since the beginning, as we struggle with short seasons,
Tip for Successful Germination
When it comes to germination, following certain steps can help ensure your success. Before planting seeds, you need to make
What to do with too many food scraps?
Have you been diligently collecting your compostable waste this winter and are starting to question whether or not you will
Carrot Varieties for Southcentral Alaska
When it comes to choosing any variety of crop it is important to find one that has been proven to
Dealing with Gardening Burnout
For many folks, gardening is a mental health necessity as it helps with the stress and anxiety of their lives,
When to Start Your Seeds
Starting seeds indoors requires planning to get the most of your growing season. Before you know when to start planting
Why knowing where your seeds were grown can make a better garden
As you peruse the seed selection at your local garden section in the big box store you might think that
Removing Snow from your Hoophouse
While a lot of us cannot grow plants in the winter, it is important to not forget about the growing
New Year, New Plan: Tips for planning your garden
Let's make a resolution that you will want to keep up with the whole year through. It will pair with
Livestock Guardian Animals
When considering livestock, do not underestimate the power of having a livestock guardian animal. While dogs are very common livestock
Things to Know About Terracotta pots
We all now that reddish-orange 'wall' in the garden center that overwhelms the prettier pots selection in terms of price
Winterizing your rabbit hutch
Are you keeping rabbits for the season as either pet or for profit? Then making sure that they survive the
Why buy when you can grow? Tips for Turkeys in the Cold!
Turkeys tend to be fairly winter hardy birds to raise and do well in the snow to a certain degree,
Options for old potting soil
After you have had that beautiful potted arrangement out all summer and the season has turned, you may wonder how
When your hens first start laying eggs, do not be alarmed if the eggs are small, soft, or irregular (no
Preparing for Egg Laying
If you are planning on getting chickens with the hopes of fresh eggs, it is important to understand how egg
Making gifts from the garden
Now that the holiday shopping spree has lightened many of our wallets it might be a great inspiration for many
If you don’t know firs know your Christmas fir
When you are planning out you holiday decorations the tree tends to the focal point of the design and often
Preserving the Holidays: Canning those seasonal favorites.
As the holiday season has joined us yet again, we often want to keep those flavors for later times and
How can I best winterize my watertanks?
Frozen watertanks or troughs can be the headace of any cold area farmer or even pet owner and getting scalded
Feeding Livestock Hay
With so many types of hay, it is important to know which hay has the best nutritional content for your
Can I stack jars in a canner? and how?
When canning, it becomes a vital element to save time and ensure you fully utilize you canner space with each
Transplanting mature blueberry bushes
Have your berries out grown their container? Are they to close to a now needed area in the garden? just
What are nematodes?
Nematodes are non-segmented worms typically 1/500 of an inch (50 µm) in diameter and 1/20 of an inch (1 mm)
Uses for Those Leftover Pumpkins
Whether you carved them, painted them, or just sat them outside, you might feel it is time to toss your
Fall Leaf Clean up: Options for those fallen leaves
There tends to be a debate often held by those who enjoy to spruce up their yards as to wither
How do I get rid of nematodes in the Fall?
When you suspect that you might have a nematode infestation plant roots will be were you will want to check
What is Potato Scab?
As you begin harvesting your potatoes, you might notice your potatoes have blemishes. Potato scab is a common disease in
Clover Lawns: What is the deal with this new fad?
Looking for a lower maintenance lawn, but still want that great green coverage? Dealing with a drought but hate dried
Winter Prep for Raised Beds
We have had the dust hit the ground and the weather frost the windows, which means it is past time
4-H: What you Need to Know
4-H is one of the largest youth organizations across the United States. 4-H is a youth development program found in
Taxes, Taxes, Taxes, Gotta Do Those Taxes
Have you been hard at work selling all those wonderful hand raised veggies, meats, and berries? Did you can and
Seed Saving: Radishes
Have you enjoyed a wonderfully crisp radish from the garden and are now in love with having them around the
As potatoes are being harvested, it is important to know how to store them for long term. Before you can
It’s garlic planting season in Alaska
Considered a staple in many households, garlic is a crop that can grow throughout parts of Alaska. When growing garlic
New things in the lawn?
With the on slot of rain we have been getting here recently on Southcentral Alaska, many of us might be
Why should you get your canner tested?
Why test? Anyone who uses a pressure canner for food preservation needs to get their gauge tested for safety each
What is that?: Mange
Have you been noticing some skin issues on your animals? Are they experiencing hair loss, red spots, crusty or scaly
Can you grow Lavender in Alaska?
To answer this question is with the standard response when addressing the whole of Alaska, it depends. To go further
Wrap up time for the Garden: To Dos
It is that time of year as we start to see the dust on the mountains and mornings get crisper
Mulch: When to add, How to add, and What to use
What is Mulch? Mulch is a general term for any material placed on the surface of soil. In a typical garden
Lots of flowers, but no fruit formation? Pollination Tips in Vegetable Gardening
You might notice a lot of flowers on your squash plants and think you are going to end up with
Alaskan Fireweeds: Count Down Clock for Winter/An Alaskan Flavor
This well-known time keeper for when snow will begin is what can show if you are a Sourdough or not.
Mariculture: Sea Grown
What is Mariculture? Mariculture has been defined as the cultivation, management, and harvesting of marine organisms in their natural environment
How to sell your meat livestock?
Options to get the Piggy to Market Have you been raising your livestock with all the care in the world
Carrots smaller than you expected? How to prep soil for your root crops to grow
Have you experienced the disappointment of pulling a radish or carrot out of the ground and finding it to be
Soil Improvement: Cover Crops
What is a Cover Crop? Cover Crops are a tool many growers use to do soil improvements and help out
How much is an inch of water in your garden?
You always hear that you should water your plants an inch of water a week, but what does that actually
Adding Animals: What to consider when wanting to raise animals/livestock
Looking to add some options to your land and expand into the world of husbandry? Livestock can be a great
How to propagate from a cutting?
Have you been given the gift of caring by a gardening friend? Also, known as handed a stick with some
What causes tomatoes to crack?
One day you see your tomatoes are looking healthy and the next day you come outside and your tomatoes are
How to spot root maggot damage
Root maggots are one of the most common garden pests in Alaska. They are major pests of most crucifer crops,
Store Outside Your Door
The Store Outside Your Door webisode series highlights traditional foods from around the state. Each webisode takes you out to
Can plants get sunburned?
We all know that plants need light in order to grow, but too much sun can be harmful. When it
Never to late to start growing!
Been hibernating a little longer this year? Wanting to still garden even when the supposed "deadline" has passed? Started to
When to water your plants to get the best growth
Balancing what nature gives you and what you might need to add can be every growers constant struggle, especially when
Plants that Attract Pollinators
Most flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other animals for pollination. Pollination is an essential part of plant
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a production and marketing model whereby consumers buy shares of a farm’s harvest in advance.
Landscaping with your Garden
Looking to grow your own food, but also beautify your yard? Plan a garden that can do both with a
Learning to Grow in Alaska: Classes have started
Are you new to growing? What to know how to start a garden or farm in Alaska? Need a refresher
Why use certified seed potatoes? Where to purchase them?
Potatoes are a popular crop for several reasons- they store longer, they have a high yield per square foot, and
Early Weed Prevention
The best way to avoid a heavy invasion of weeds in your garden is by trying to prevent them early
Make a Rope Halter at home.
Questions about getting Alaska state land for farming.
If you are looking to purchase some land in Alaska for farming, these are some resources to look over when
What does it mean to split plants? How does it work?
Splitting a plant is a task typically done on perennials who start to show signs of needing it to be
What to do if you suspect Avian Influenza
The following bio-safety guidelines are effective methods for safeguarding commercial operations and smaller flocks: Backyard flock owners should practice strict
What is the Avian Flu?
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has officially been confirmed in Alaska. Avian influenza viruses are classified as either “low pathogenic
Identifying the Invasion
What to help out this summer and make sure Alaska is thriving? Help out by making sure you know your
HARVESTING AND ID TIPS 1. The ferns should still be tightly coiled, you do not want to pick or eat any
What does hardening your plants mean?
Hardening off plants is a method to gradually exposing plants started indoors to outdoor growing conditions. Think of it this
How to brew a great cup of Spruce Tip Tea.
According to Beverley Gray of "The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North," spruce tips can be
How to Design a Raised Bed
Now that we have covered basics of creating raised beds, let's explore some of the design considerations. Ideally, we want
Tips for planting seeds easier this year
When it comes to planting, seeds come in all shapes and sizes, which can mean that planting sometimes can make
How to make seed tape at home
Need to play with your seeds before its time to plant? Have a hard time working with those overly small
How long are my seeds good for?
So, the lure of the gardening department overwhelmed you last trip and you now have more seeds than you can
Silage Tarps: What you need to know about them
Weeds, the bane of any gardener or farmers growing season. There are several different mitigation plans you can utilize from
Caterpillar Tunnels vs. High Tunnels (Hoop Houses)
As you look into extending out that growing season and start the exploration of different options, one you may come
Gardening with Raised Beds
Thinking of using raised beds in your garden this year? Raised beds have become a common practice in gardening for
Let’s get Wooly, with our soil.
Waste not, want not as the old saying goes, and in agriculture there is always new ways of ensuring the
How to know when to start seeds indoors
It is that time of year again to question if your just tired of winter and wanting to grow new
Locally Grown Sips of the Future
When its cold out it warms you up, when its warm out it cools you down, and when you just
What is Succession Gardening?
Succession gardening, also known as second planting at times, is a garden planning method to gain the most out of
Turnip for Forage, Cold Weather Option?
Alaska can be a land of challenges when it comes to many aspects of life and feeding animals can be
Changing Plant Hardiness Zones in Alaska
As we have experienced and heard from all the old Sour Doughs, Alaska is changing. From winters with no snow
Myth vs. Fact – Can you farm in Alaska?
As many Alaskans know there are several things Alaska is renowned for that we celebrate with pride about whenever we
Understanding Chicken Basics
An important question to ask yourself before buying chickens is do you want eggs, meat, or both? Breeds of chickens
Identifying Your Local Evergreens
As we enjoy the winter season and get outside as much as we can, green is a color we can
Extending the Life of Your Holiday Tree
When it comes to bringing a live tree inside for the holiday season, do you worry that your tree will
Can I Grow During The Winter?
Ask Aggie: I grew so many veggies over the summer, but I want to keep that going this winter without
Developing Greenhouses to Fit Cultural Needs and Alaskan Weather
The development and creation of a dome shaped greenhouse has been completed by Tlingit & Haida in Juneau this summer,
What to do with Winter Prep Time.
Here are a few of the things you can do over the course of winter to make sure next spring
How to store potted plants over the winter?
Overall the goal will be to cover, shelter, and insulate your plants because even though they might be cold weather
When is the best time to plant Red Russian Kale?
There is no kale more sweet or tender than this heirloom, which is also known as Ragged Jack because of
Alaska Farmers on a Quest for Healthy Soils
Field trial at the Plant Materials Center seeks answers to cover cropping and no-till on the Last Frontier. Compared to
Equal Opportunity for Historically Underserved Landowners
NRCS worked directly with three private landowner entities, the Hoonah Indian Association (a Federally recognized Tribe), Sealaska (Southeast Alaska's Regional
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