With temperatures in my area of south central Alaska at -24 degrees I'm having a hard time believing we are in the whole global warming thing. And then they tell us that we are not getting the snow we usually get because of climate change. Now we are on the verge of breaking the record for snowfall and its only January.
Lettuce bed is coming along great. So far this year is turning out much better than last year. Tomatoes in the greenhouse are doing great also.
The strawberry patch survived the winter and is full of blossoms and it looks like we are going to have some great jam this winter.
Went a grafting clinic in April that was put on by the Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers. Got two new apples that seem to have taken well. The cherrys didn't take but I'll save the rootstock for another try.
We got a lot done this weekend. I finished the second bench in the green house and got the second raised bed going. My wife got all the flowers in the containers planted. It was a great weekend. The plastic barrels are doing a lot to maintain the temp inside during the night. Hauled in some of the garden soil from Susitna Organics.
This weekend I got rid of the old folding tables that were my benches last summer and came up with a more permanent solution. I recycled some ceder fencing that had fallen down in the wind and cut it into 1"X2" strips and spaced it 1" apart to allow water to fall through. The ceder should last a long time and resist water damage. Got one done for one side and will get another for the other in a couple of weeks. Trying to get another couple of raised beds going and a strawberry patch.
Ate a salad last night with lettuce from our garden. The official beginning of summer is eating from the garden. Finally the end of eating salad that traveled thousands of miles and instead only traveled 50 feet. Also checked the bees this weekend and all seems well to my untrained eye, they are building up the brood and storing pollen. Picked up about 15 strawberry plants last night and hope to get them planted this weekend. The forecast for the weekend looks great.