Farmers in the Matanuska Valley are the major vegetable producers for south central Alaska and we visited the gardens in Palmer where we met the lovely Cabbage Ladies seen below. The town grows beds of vegetables that grow to outsized proportions and the region is emerging as a center of peony cultivation.
At home, our gardens are more modest. We had two green houses, six beds, many containers and a fruit orchard to tend to throughout the summer. Our niece runs a small urban farmer growing greens and flowers and I helped out by weeding when I could.
Check out these photos to see what you can grow in a garden in Alaska.