This is a collection of gardening articles I wrote for the Fairbanks Daily NewsMiner from March 1983 to April 1984 and put into a small book, Gardening in the Cabbage Patch in Fairbanks, Alaska, which is still available from the author. Gardening in the sub-Arctic has been going on for years. It is with a love of gardening I will share some knowledge with you. You can order this book through the author.
Gardening in Fairbanks, Alaska is like gardening anywhere in the sub-Arctic regions of the world, such as in northern Canada, Siberia, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Gardeners have to deal with cold soils in the summer, even though there are long photoperiods for plant growth. 90 growing days is about the average for the floor of the Tanana Valley here in the interior of Alaska at 65deg. 148 Latitude. However, you may get between 100 and 110 growing days on the hillsides and ridge tops surrounding the valley.
In my little book I will describe to you various ways of successful gardening in the sub-Arctic Interior of Alaska.
I have enjoyed talking with many talented Fairbanks, Alaska gardeners. I also enjoyed being a participant in the University of Alaska's Cooperative Extension Master Gardener classes. I hope you will gain some new knowledge about gardening in Fairbanks through their fantastic wisdom.