Teaming with Microbes author Jeff Lowenfels was kind enough to invite me over and show me how Alaskans garden when I was there last weekend. Here’s it is:
Here’s his garden:
Okay, okay, it’s not all wild. But the wilderness sure is lovely, isn’t it?
Here are a few more civilized images: Jeff growing pumpkins under floating row covers, with a heated seedling mat to keep them warm; his tomato greenhouse (and yes, Jeff’s a walking billboard for Plant a Row for the Hungry); his clover and dandelion-riddled lawn, along with a photo he insisted I take of the lawn just after he’d picked out a bunch of dandelions; and a couple of flower beds. You should be able to click to enlarge.
And now the real secret to surviving as a gardener in Alaska: A two-story conservatory attached to the house. You enter it from the living room downstairs, climb up a spiral staircase, and upstairs you can walk right into a comfortable sitting room at the top of the stairs. Jeff’s office is inside the conservatory as well, so he can be near his plants. (Some of which, by the way, are growing freakishly well thanks to cool GlowPanel grow lights. Look at all the flowers on that pepper! I want one! Or twelve!)
Jeff would want me to tell you that there’s usually a lot more growing in his conservatory, but it is, of course, the middle of summer, so the plants are spread about the house and garden at the moment.
Well, that’s your tour of Alaska gardens! Amazing what people do up there. Thanks, Jeff, for the invite.