1. Web links and books about gardening in Southeast Alaska
(a) Gardening in Southeast Alaska (PDF): Highlights many of the most proven gardening techniques used in Southeastern Alaska. It includes tips on individual vegetables, preparation of the gardening site, growing conditions, bed construction, pests and weeds.
(b)t 16 Easy Steps to Gardening in Alaska (PDF): Provides simple step-by-step gardening instructions with illustrations and diagrams. It takes gardeners from planning stages, through cultivation, all the way to harvest.
(c) The comprehensive book “Sustainable Gardening – The Alaska Master Gardener Manual” (HGA-00339), customized for Southeast, is available from the Cooperative Extension Service for $40 per hard copy or $10 on CD (HGA-00339A).
(d) “Gardening in Southeast Alaska,” by members and friends of the Juneau Garden Club, is another valuable book of local-knowledge available at local bookstores.
2. Organizations providing support and information to assist gardeners.
The Extension Service is an invaluable starting point on gardening topics. Agriculture/Horticulture Agent Darren Snyder staffs the Southeast District-Juneau Office, located upstairs in the Bill Ray Center at 11th and Glacier. Hours are 8A-1P & 2P-5P M-F; phone 796-6221.
Publications Catalog: Provides numerous garden publications and other resources. Information is also posted on the main Extension website, with many publications available for free download or purchase.
A non-profit group that organizes Master Gardeners as a volunteer arm of the Cooperative Extension Service. Provides educational opportunities, including brown bag chats and garden tips. Conducts summer garden tours, which fund an annual scholarship for high school graduates.
The Alaska Master Gardener Program trains volunteers to assist home gardeners by providing information and technical data to answer their questions. The basic training course, coordinated by the Cooperative Extension Service, involves 40 hours of instruction and provides a broad horticultural background. It is generally offered January-March. Contact the Cooperative Extension Service.
(c) Community Gardens:
3. Other Sources of Gardening Information
Square Foot Gardening: Based on 4’X4’ raised beds, this “is a simple system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical abilities, and geographical locations....Save time, water, work and money!”
The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible: How to Grow a Bounty of Food in Pots, Tubs, and Other Containers
The Compost Heap - Basic Composting in Alaska: Composting is a great way to add nutrients to a garden while recycling table scraps and yard waste. Alaska’s short, relatively cool summers can make proper composting a challenge, but one can take steps to hasten the process and ensure a healthy soil mixture is added to the garden. This publication covers the most efficient ways to achieve effective composting in Alaska.