We're not serious gardeners. We're the kind of gardeners that try things because we can or because they sound interesting. We spout seeds that are nearing 10 more years in age. We plant all of our seedings at once. We grow tobacco, in Alaska, because we can. We've grown green corn. We've even experimented with potato towers. We don't weed. We eat what we grow and no two years are ever the same.
This year the list of things we're experimenting with includes five types of tomatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pie pumpkins, sunflowers, cucumbers, winter squash, anaheim peppers, jalapenos, bell peppers, microgreens, kale, huckleberries, basil, dill, cilantro, oregano, and tobacco.
Life with moose in Alaska is tricky. For newcomers, they're fascinating, for those who grew up here they're something for the freezer, and for the gardener they're the biggest pest for which there is not a relevant deterrent.
I look forward to being able to eat more of the fruits of our labor this year, rather than them going to the moose.
The containers along the front are mostly for tomatoes. The back wall isn't pictured, as it still needs a bit of clean up from winter storages, but pepper, squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and pumpkins will be going along that wall.
We really aren't in it for the bounty, all though that is a great perk. We grow to see what will happen. This year we layered the containers with straw, dirt, ash, coffee grounds, and eggshells. Why? Just to see if it works better than other things we've tried.
Do you garden? What's your style? Are you a by the book, tried and true gardener? Or are you more like us and throw caution to the wind and see what sprouts?