Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska

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Can Broccoli be frozen raw?


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska broccoli freezing over 2 years ago

Canning cranberry sauce

I have been making my Whole Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving and Christmas for years! It's the recipe on the back of the Ocean Spray bag of cranberries - with a twist. I grate the rind of one large navel orange into the water as it comes to a boil before adding the cranberries. My question is: Would I be able to can this recipe to preserve it? My thoughts are that I can proceed as I do for my jams, putting the hot mixture into hot, sterile jars, add lids and rings, and let cool - listening for the 'pop' from the lids to know they're sealed? By the way, this recipe is also perfect for Wild Alaskan Cranberries. The addition of orange peel makes it particularly tasty, too. Thanks - and Merry Christmas! Jamie L Smith Meadow Lakes, AK


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska about 4 years ago

Caterpillars that eat alder leaves

Hello, we stayed up at the Susitna landing campground last week and there were a lot of caterpillars there eating the alder. Firestone time I’ve seen that around here. Are they an invasive species?


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska pest identification 7 months ago

Carrots and corn

What can you grow carrots by? Can corn be grown with peas?
does carrots need the nitrogen like corn does?
What kind of vegetables have to be in a green house?
Pup here in Alaska we have to put tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers. Do you think I could put peppers outside because this year I got bugs on them so I got rid of them.


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska gardening over 4 years ago

lilac blooms

Is there a way to tell where a new bloom has set for next year? My bush did not bloom this year. We have a lot of new shoots which we want to cut back. Our question being on the older limbs how do we know how far to cut back? I'm afraid that last year blooms were cut off and don't want to do that again. So is there something to identify where new blooms are being set?


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska trees and shrubs horticulture flowers: annuals and herbaceous perennials over 4 years ago

The Alaskan beetle?

Wit is this thing???!!!!!!????!!!



Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska bugs household pests pest identification over 4 years ago


What is the best way to kill alders and their root systems without affecting the groundwater? (I'm on a well).


Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska pesticides 6 months ago

Yellowed Leaves on Sour Cherry Tree

I have planted two apple trees and a sour cherry tree in my yard. I did fertilize and lime my lawn this year. It does get watered sometimes. I live near the fairgrounds in Palmer, AK and have rich topsoil under my lawn. Two years ago I planted Apple trees. Last year a sour cherry. They should be hardy for my growing zone. The Apple trees are now dead, and my cherry tree is struggling. Last year after planting the cherry tree it seemed like it was doing well, it put on new branches and lots of green healthy looking leaves. This year the leaves are more sparse and are yellowing. There are whispy spider webs between some of the branches but no visible pests or pest damage on leaves. But more concentrated wispiness on buds and blooms. The Apple trees went through a similar experience. Looking good the first year, more scraggly the second year, and dead this year. I did notice whispy spider webs, and some actual pests on leaves. Looking for pesticide suggestion to use until they are more firmly established, fertilizer recommendations p....watering......anything...hoping to save the cherry tree and replace apple trees, but want to succeed fruit trees are pricey. I have a friend on the other side of the fairground with mature fruit bearing trees, so it seems I should be able to succeed. I sent another question but the email address was spelled wrong. Sorry for doubling up.



Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska over 1 year ago

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