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I’m looking for information and guidance about planting fruit trees near Kennicott.

Which varieties would be best suited for this area? I’m new to Alaska. I lived near Pahoa, Hawaii for 12 years where I grew a lot of tropical gardens and fruit trees. I would like to see if its possible to cultivate fruit trees near Kennicott. As far as I know fruit bearing trees have not been cultivated in this area. Any guidance is appreciated, especially specific species to try. My main focus would be prolific producers vs obscure and novelty varieties. Apples, Plums, cherries and any other types of fruit that have been successfully grown in Alaska. Thank You, Amor

AK Posted about 14 hours ago

I’m looking for information and guidance about planting fruit trees near Kennicott.

Which varieties would be best suited for this area? I’m new to Alaska. I lived near Pahoa, Hawaii for 12 years where I grew a lot of tropical gardens and fruit trees. I would like to see if its possible to cultivate fruit trees near Kennicott. As far as I know fruit bearing trees have not been cultivated in this area. Any guidance is appreciated. Amor

AK Posted about 14 hours ago

wood stove chimney instillation in a mobile home,

is it safe to use dow rigid blue board to insulate the sides of the through the ceiling support box ?.. next day....i went online and found the answer,...use drywall cut to size as rigid insulation could be combustible.

Fairbanks North Star Borough AK wood stove insulation Posted 24 days ago

How to move from bristol tn to alaska payment plans

Is there any way for me to move to Alaska with no money down I currently live in a one-bedroom apartment with my fiance and I pay about $2,000 a month for everything I would need everything from FHA home loan to finding a home suitable to what I'm looking for have been looking into a minimalist living lifestyle so my home would be no bigger than 700 square feet but no smaller than 350 square feet possibly even looking into building my own on some land job placement cost of living information and residency information is there a good book that I can buy or video that I can watch

Sullivan County TN personal finance home ownership Posted 28 days ago

How do I get more male flowers on my zucchini plants?

I asked this question last May or June before planting. Stephen Brown suggested I get the soil sampled to check for a nutrient deficiency. I did fairly cheap sampling but found my soil to be high in nitrogen & phosphorous and low in potassium. Blossom end rot later suggested low calcium content as well. I fertilized accordingly. Proper fertilizer definitely kept the plants and fruits healthy, but I doubt it made the difference in male flowers. This was the hottest summer in my memory in the Mat-Su Valley. I had plenty of male flowers for the first time in years. As soon as the weather finally cooled off in September, the plants stopped producing male flowers. It was quite sudden. New flower buds produced during cool periods were all female. Male buds showed up only on hot days. During the cool period in September and October, many male flowers had bare, stunted anthers - no pollen.
I've read that high temperatures can result in too many male flowers. I hypothesize that cool temperatures stop the plant from producing them. I never set up a greenhouse for a proper experiment this year because the weather was so hot. If next summer is more normal, I will try it then. Perhaps some other high latitude gardeners will experiment with this as well?

Matanuska-Susitna Borough AK zucchini Posted 28 days ago

long term radon testing

Literature for Understanding, Testing for and Mitigating Radon states that long term testing kits are available through the Cooperative Extension Services. How do I obtain one in Anchorage? Thanks, Cathy

Anchorage Alaska Posted about 1 month ago

what do I put in this space

tell me how to make a extension question.

Fresno County California ask an expert Posted about 1 month ago

Re-canning salmon

Hello. I pressure cooked salmon today. After finishing I realized I made a mistake - it's supposed to go for 110 minutes at 10#, I set 1:10 on the oven timer without thinking instead of 1:50. After the fact I realized it. The jars have now cooled off. Do I have to throw all my precious salmon away? Can I start them all over in the pressure cooker? What effect will that have on the final product? Thanks!

Haines Borough Alaska home food preservation salmon pressure canning Posted 3 months ago

Wintering Begonias

What is the correct method of wintering over Begonias in AK? Thank you

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska begonias overwintering Posted 3 months ago

Fuzzy Caterpillar

What kind of caterpillar is this?

Anchorage Alaska Posted 3 months ago