Frosty Garden

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All about gardening in Fairbanks, Alaska. Follow us as we dive into sub-arctic gardening in the great white north!

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We were very excited to learn that we can harvest birch syrup right in our literal back yard here in Fairbanks, AK. With only 1,500 gallons of birch syrup produced world-over annually, this seemed to be a very special thing that we could do up here in Interior Alaska that is unique to the area. The Great White, Syrup, Birch, Alaska, Harvest, Backyard, Unique, Interior, Garden

Birch Syrup Harvesting Within Interior Alaska

We were very excited to learn that we can harvest birch syrup right in our literal back yard here in Fairbanks, AK. With only 1,500 gallons of birch syrup produced world-over annually, this seemed to be a very special thing that we could do up here in Interior Alaska that is unique to the area.

These are some of our top tips and tricks for cold climate gardening and gardening in general. We want to see you succeed with your garden, so we freely share the things we’ve learned through trial and error over the years.

Tips for new cold climate gardeners

These are some of our top tips and tricks for cold climate gardening and gardening in general. We want to see you succeed with your garden, so we freely share the things we’ve learned through trial and error over the years.

Here we offer ten of our top cold weather gardening tips that can help you extend the season and have a successful harvest. Cold climate gardening can take a bit more preparation and thought, especially in the shoulder seasons where the potential for frost is real. Using these tips will ensure you can grow a successful garden anywhere, even in the subarctic!

Top Ten Cold Climate Gardening Techniques

Here we offer ten of our top cold weather gardening tips that can help you extend the season and have a successful harvest. Cold climate gardening can take a bit more preparation and thought, especially in the shoulder seasons where the potential for frost is real. Using these tips will ensure you can grow a successful garden anywhere, even in the subarctic!

It didn’t take long for us to figure out we were spending a ton of money on acquiring plants to grow. It’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars on plants for even a moderate sized garden. Seeds, however, are considerably cheaper compared to garden starts from a nursery. That said, there can be a considerable investment involved when growing your own seeds. It’s a little bit more complex than “just add light.”

Growing Your Own Vegetable Garden Starts Indoors In Cold Climates

It didn’t take long for us to figure out we were spending a ton of money on acquiring plants to grow. It’s easy to spend hundreds of dollars on plants for even a moderate sized garden. Seeds, however, are considerably cheaper compared to garden starts from a nursery. That said, there can be a considerable investment involved when growing your own seeds. It’s a little bit more complex than “just add light.”

This is the Frosty Garden seed starting schedule that we use for our vegetable and flower gardens within Interior Alaska. Our schedule was originally based on the UAF Extension Service schedule. Over the years, we have expanded it based on our needs, personal experience and the things we grow.

Interior Alaska Seed Starting Schedule

This is the Frosty Garden seed starting schedule that we use for our vegetable and flower gardens within Interior Alaska. Our schedule was originally based on the UAF Extension Service schedule. Over the years, we have expanded it based on our needs, personal experience and the things we grow.

If you’ve ever “bottom watered” a plant, you have essentially practiced sub irrigation. Sub irrigation has been around for a long time, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were based on the concept. The underlying concept behind sub irrigated systems is pretty simple. You basically have a reservoir of water that is in constant contact with the container’s soil, typically at the bottom of a container.

Sub Irrigated Container Gardening

If you’ve ever “bottom watered” a plant, you have essentially practiced sub irrigation. Sub irrigation has been around for a long time, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were based on the concept. The underlying concept behind sub irrigated systems is pretty simple. You basically have a reservoir of water that is in constant contact with the container’s soil, typically at the bottom of a container.