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Our Garden Tour: What Can You Grow in Alaska, Anyway?

Alaska . . . the land of ice and snow, right? Doesn’t sound like a place for gardens when you put it that way!

We have some secrets to keep everyone from moving north and turning Alaska into California, and one of those secrets is about to get let out of the bag. Even some Alaskans don’t know this secret: gardens grow faster and bigger here than anywhere else I’ve ever lived! (I’m sure there are parts of Alaska where this isn’t true, but where I live it’s true.)

So sit back, relax, and join me for a tour of our garden.

To have a healthy garden, you need to have healthy soil. We don’t feed the plants, we feed the soil. When the soil is healthy and nutrient-rich, the plants flourish. (It doesn’t hurt to have round-the-clock light all summer, either!)

We are the same way. To have a healthy body, we need to eat a healthy diet. When our diet is nutrient-rich, based upon whole, unprocessed plants, every part of our body responds and flourishes. If you want to learn more about that, click here

Our garden feeds my body and my soul. There’s nothing quite like working in partnership with the earth while growing a garden to feel our deep connection with the seasons, the cycles of nature, the sun, rain, and microbes that make the soil a living substance. It’s a beautiful and amazing experience that is both humbling and exhilarating.

If you have never tried gardening, I’d encourage you to just try it on a very small scale. Get one pot and plant some lettuce or other greens for your salads. You’ll discover the magic and mystery of life when a tiny seed wakes up after it’s long sleep and becomes a big, sturdy plant. It amazes me every single year!

Now it’s your turn. Do you grow anything? Where do you live and what can you grow there? What has the experience been like for you?

20 Responses to Our Garden Tour: What Can You Grow in Alaska, Anyway?

  1. elaine jackson August 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

    Congrats on an well done video and presentation Delisa.
    I am so proud to know you.
    You made me want to go out and raid my neighbor’s garden.

    Your garden looks healthy like the n at garden at the White House (President Obama’s home in Washington, DC).

    Waiting for my invitation to dinner.

    I am inspired to do more for my garden.
    Good Job!

    • Delisa Renideo August 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

      Absolutely – - come for dinner!

      Thanks for your comments, and this is the first time it’s been compared to the White House garden. wow!

  2. Diane August 1, 2013 at 9:43 AM #

    Thanks Delisa…What a great garden. I didn’t know that you have all around light in the summer months. How different but nice I would suspect, especially for a garden to become as prolific as yours. Can you grow anything in the winter or is it all full of snow? Thanks for sharing. Diane Barnett

    • Delisa Renideo August 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM #

      Yes, the long hours of daylight in the summer are wonderful and amazing. Our days get longer and longer until June 21, and then they start to gradually get shorter. But they are still long! On Sept. 21 we have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. Gardens (and most people!) love all the summer light! You’ll have to come up and visit next summer!

  3. Monica August 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM #

    Thanks for the tour Delisa. Your garden has grown bigger from the last time I saw it. I have been eating greens in the morning too now, great tip and so sustaining throughout the day.

    • Delisa Renideo August 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

      We’ve added on to our garden several times, and I think it’s probably about as big as it needs to be now. Some might think too big :-)

      Glad to hear you’re eating greens in the morning now! Seems strange at first to many people, but after you get used to the idea, it seems pretty normal. They are just so delicious and get you started with a huge supply of nutrients for starting your day.

  4. Tora August 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM #

    What a wonderful garden! And it would be such a treat to be able to go outside and pick your own lunch and dinner! I love edible flowers too, YUM!

    • Delisa Renideo August 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

      You’re right — it is a real joy to just walk outside and pick what we want for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As different veggies mature at different times, our meals change as the summer progresses. We’re eating lots of broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini, along with our kale, collards, and salad greens.

  5. Ley August 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM #

    Fabulous garden and excellent video about it, Delisa! Informative and inspiring. Will share with several friends. And of course am still eager to get over there and kayak too! Or maybe a berry picking trip?

  6. Anne August 1, 2013 at 11:29 AM #

    Thank you for such a wonderful inspirational video and talk. I know your garden is always beautiful and productive, but your hard work plus this record breaking hot weather and feeding the soil have really paid off. I really appreciated the analogy to feeding our bodies so they are healthy and productive. This video was great to watch now but in mid-January, it will be even better!

    • Delisa Renideo August 11, 2013 at 10:35 AM #

      You’re so right about the our great weather helping tremendously! But the biggest difference this summer was the fact that we fed our soil some of the things it was missing — and it made the same kind of impressive difference that we experience when we feed ourselves the nutritious, whole plant foods that we need.

      And I agree — mid-January will be a great time to come back here and revisit the garden!

  7. Merada August 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM #

    Wow, Delisa, what a garden! Thanks for the tour!

  8. Frank August 1, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

    Wow Delisa! It all looks so satisfying, nutritious and delicious- Thanks for sharing your amazing garden!

    • Delisa Renideo August 1, 2013 at 9:22 PM #

      Thanks for watching! I love to share. Stop by and get some to take home :-)
      It really does look satisfying, nutritious and delicious — it looks so vibrant and full of life. I can just imagine how all the cells of my body celebrate having that vibrancy to nourish them.

  9. Deshia August 3, 2013 at 4:42 PM #


  10. Rita Miller August 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Here’s your next class- “In the Garden with Delisa and Charlie”- I would love to know more about your gardening tips- this video was a fabulous start and answered many questions. I have a tiny garden, and am so interested in getting more adventuresome- who would have ever thought -circular and mixed up garden plants! You have piqued my interest and seriously, I would like you to share more of your expertise!
    Your Devoted Pupil,

    • Delisa Renideo August 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM #

      Hi Rita,
      I’m happy to share — have just learned a variety of things over the years from books, talking to other people, and experimenting that have led to our current garden. It keeps changing as I keep learning and trying new things. So I don’t feel as confident making firm recommendations with gardening as I do with eating, but I’m happy to share what has worked for me.

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