If you haven’t yet, please read yesterday’s post. It’s important. I hate to cover it up with new posts, but I don’t want to stop posting, so this is my compromise.
For better or worse the 2008 garden is pretty much in. I have a book this year to help me out: Alaska Gardening Guide, by Ann D. Roberts. It says the #1 cause of gardening problems in Alaska is due to planting too early. In general, we’re advised to wait until after June 1. Did I plant too early? A couple of cucumbers said “yes” before they died, but the strawberries don’t think so. I’m sticking a couple of new seeds into the cranky cucumbers’ mound today. I hope they have better attitudes. The zucs are giving it their all. I’ve promised to keep them inside longer next year.
I started a bunch of seeds inside in April. Next year, I’m going to start herbs in March, I think, as soon as the sun begins to make itself felt. Unfortunately, we don’t keep our house all that warm, so the benefits of an inside start are questionable.
Last weekend, in less than 48 hours, we moved ten yards of topsoil (a dump truck full) with a shovel, a rake, and two 5-gallon buckets. Then we moved several yards of shale for garden paths.
We probably have four times the gardening space we had last year, including a new and totally unprotected raspberry/strawberry bed. Last weekend, friends delivered a tremendous load of raspberry and strawberry starts from their own garden. We’re talking approximately 100 strawberry plants. On Saturday, I planted the raspberries and half the strawberries.
On Sunday morning a moose walked through the new bed, right between two tall raspberry shoots. Somehow, she managed to miss all the strawberry plants.
On Sunday, I planted the rest of the strawberry plants.
On Monday, another moose walked through the bed, this time tramping on two strawberry plants. I think they’ll live, though.
Seriously, we very rarely saw moose this winter, and haven’t seen any this spring. The day after we put the “fence” up around the main garden:
So far, they’ve expressed no interest in eating anything from the garden, but then not much is growing just yet. The flags on the fence, however, are curious and possibly delicious things. We now have proof that the flagging gets their attention.
A bigger problem would be hares if and when they discover the garden. They’re booming right now. I spy them when I walk to the mailbox, but for the most part, they aren’t in the yard. Hare protection? Zilch. The garden remains a rather haphazard effort, but a much bigger haphazard effort this year.
Remember, if you haven’t yet, please read yesterday’s post. It’s important, and it’s Right There.