What We Have To Say About Subarctic Gardening

Basic Gardening Information

Everyone has to start somewhere!  Let’s start with some of the basics of subarctic gardening!

Growing Your Subarctic Garden From Seed

Are you interested in growing your own garden starts from seed?  Learn about how we do it in one of the harshest climates on earth!

Subarctic Gardening Techniques

Let’s discuss some of the core gardening techniques that we use in our subarctic vegetable gardens!

  • When you understand the basics of plant tolerance, the next step is learning how to really push the limits in growing your own subarctic garden starts!
  • A container garden can allow the new gardener to grow anything, anywhere without having to put a lot of effort into garden infrastructure.
  • Raised rows are one of the most effective subarctic gardening techniques that you can use when growing in the subarctic ground!
  • Learn how we built our raised beds to be rabbit-proof, vole-proof and “moose proof” without building an electric fence!
  • Using sub-irrigated containers is one of the most effective container gardening techniques you can use in the subarctic!
  • Using mulch in your garden is a very effective technique to retain heat and moisture, vital in the subarctic!
  • We make a lot of our own soil, read about the various techniques you can use to make a lot of soil economically.
  • Learn how we practice permaculture and create hundreds of gallons of compost by using hot & cold composting techniques on our 2 acre lot!

Plant Specifics In The Subarctic

We have a goal of creating the world’s first subarctic plant growing database.  These are the beginnings of that project.

Common Subarctic Gardening Problems

One of the best things about subarctic gardening is an overall lack of major gardening pests and problems.  That said, we are not immune.

  • Techniques for dealing with voles when using in-ground gardens.
  • Build the cheapest, easiest and most effective vole trap on the planet!
  • Battling root maggots and preventing their re-emergence

Indoor Garden Lighting

Growing great garden starts requires indoor lighting to be successful.  Learn from our mistakes and learn why we use the industry’s most advanced lighting to grow our garden vegetables!

Greenhouses & Temperature Control

When you want to do warm climate crops in the subarctic, the greenhouse is one of the best techniques you can use to increase your harvest!

It’s All About The Harvest

The point of having a garden is to harvest all the goodies!  Learn our take on harvesting and food preservation!

  • Learn how we harvest our herbs and prepare them for long term preservation
  • One of our favorite ways of preserving our harvest!  Shelf stable, ready to go meals are always the first to go!
  • Making liqueurs from fruit harvests is a fun way to use up good quantities of fruit from your garden!
  • Pressure canning basics.  Why you need to get over your fears and just start doing it!

Foraging & Food Forests

In these posts, we explore some of the ways in which we “live of the land” and perpetually produce food in the subarctic.

  • Many years, we process birch sap from trees on our property to make DIY birch syrup.
  • Learn how we have established our subarctic “food forest” on our property, setting us up for long term food production right in our backyard.
  • Getting into Alaskan cryptograms (mushroom identification & harvesting)
  • We often practice wild berry picking, particularly the bountiful blueberry harvest available within Interior Alaska.
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