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Extend the Growing Season

Typically Juneau's growing season is from June through September.   Root crops can be left in the ground or stored in a root cellar, and a variety of crops can be frozen or canned.

But with some ingenuity and simple technology you can extend both the growing and harvesting season.  With simple covers of plastic and agricultural fabric salad greens can be reliably harvested from about mid-April through December or even January in warmer areas of Juneau.

Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm in Maine, has popularized this system of using layers of protection to start gardens earlier, keep them going longer in the fall, and harvest them through the winter. 

In this hour long talk, entitled, “If We Can Do It In Maine, You Can Do It in Alaska,” recorded at the Alaska Botanical Garden conference in spring, 2012, Coleman shares vegetable and fruit-growing techniques to extend our season here in the far north:  Extending the Season

Links to some of his materials, and a video of part of the keynote speech he gave at the conference --“Extend the Season, Expand Your Mind” can be viewed at:

Quick Hoops   

Double your garden’s productivity with these simple, inexpensive low tunnels:  Quick Hoops


Cooperative Extension Service publications on greenhouses for Alaska

Year-Round Gardening: Plans for Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, Cold Frames and More.       

What Grows in Juneau

When to Plant

How to Plant