Gardening in Alaska
When we are not out climbing new peaks in Alaska, we are happily living with my brother- and sister-in-law, Jerome and Janis at their home on a hillside outside Anchorage. They have welcomed us to share there homestead here, with chickens, gardens and greenhouses, along with a pizza oven where they first started to bake bread.
When we arrived here in early May, it was still too chilly to plant seedlings in the ground but the two greenhouses provided a perfect environment. The tomato plants that Jerome grew from seed are now heavy with fruit.
It has been chilly and overcast this summer and it seemed like it took a long time for seeds to take root. By early July, the lettuce, carrots, potatoes, kale, beans, radishes and peas were thriving.
We eat salads daily, trying to keep up with the produce in the garden beds.
The kale and carrots came from the garden and the artful Romanesco broccoli was grown in Alaska, too (but not by us).
The garden is also home to three beehives and thousands and thousands of buzzing bees. Janis and Jerome recently opened the hives to pull out the honeycombs within.
Dinnertime can be serious, as we sample new creations prepared by Jerome, whose baking skills led him and Janis to open the Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop. As you can see, Jerome and Janis take pies and cakes very seriously.
But largely, we have food to gather family at the table and enjoy the richness of an Alaskan summer day
8/13/2017 04:48:59 pm
So wonderful to see the beautiful pictures of family, gardens and produce and Janis harvesting the honey. Nancy, I know how much you love to garden, wonderful that you have like spirits in Jerome and Janis.
8/13/2017 05:15:19 pm
Glad that you enjoyed a slice of our life here!
Carol Grace Anderson
8/13/2017 05:35:56 pm
What fun to share your amazing adventures vicariously! Wonderful journey you're on.
8/13/2017 08:53:48 pm
Nancy, these are such amazing pictures. I never thought I would see these vegetables growing in Alaska. Loving your adventures.
8/14/2017 06:02:53 pm
The growing season may be short here, but the days provide so much sunlight that the plants growing quickly once they are started.
8/13/2017 10:11:41 pm
Ahhhhh just what I needed to read!! Love, family, gardening and simple, honest to goodness great time. Enjoy 😊 and keep blogging.
8/14/2017 06:02:00 pm
Yes, it is good to enjoy the bounty but also to be aware of what's going on in the world.
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