Don’t miss our meeting tonight at 6pm (6:30 presentation) at the Food Bank. Steve Seefeldt will talk about composting. See you then, and bring some food for the Food Bank.
Our first Master Gardener meeting of the season will be this Tuesday, Sept 6th. An agenda will follow soon…
Our speaker will be long-time Fairbanks gardener Mary Calmes. Mary has been gardening off Chena Hot Springs Road for years, and is going to share harvesting practices, a little about fermenting, maybe a little about garlic, and some hints and tips from her many years as a gardener in Fairbanks.
Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley
Place: Food Bank (725 26th Avenue)
The blog and Facebook page have been a bit slow lately, probably because we’re all out enjoying our gardens, in between the raindrops. We’re only about a month away from our first fall Master Gardener meeting (Tuesday Sept 6th); we’re hoping to have a good line-up of speakers for the coming year. Send in any suggestions you have for topics or speakers. In the meantime, send your photos and we’ll post them for you. Here’s a sample to get you inspired to share yours!
Most of these events have more information available on the Fairbanks Daily News Miner community calendar, as well as contact information for sponsoring organizations.
Saturday May 14 :
- Georgeson Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale, 10am-2pm
- Breadline Stone Soup Garden Building Day, 11am-3pm, 11th and Lacey
Thursday May 19:
- Planning the Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley perennial bed, 5:30pm-?, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden
Saturday May 21:
- Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District Tree Sale, 11am-4pm, Kiwanis Agricultural Hall at the Fairgrounds
Saturday May 28:
- Hospice Plant Sale, 9am-4pm, Hospice Greenhouse at 20th Ave. and Turner
Saturday June 4
- Breadline Stone Soup Garden Planting Day, 11am-3pm, 11th and Lacey
Wednesday June 8:
- Planting the Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley perennial bed, 6pm-?, at the Georgeson Botanical Garden
Brenda Adams, author of There’s a Moose in my Garden, will talk to our group at our May meeting, Tuesday May 3rd, at the Food Bank. Social time starts at 6, meeting at 6:30.
Summer events and tours will follow rapidly, and I hope you’ll all keep in touch over the summer; we have a flyer explaining how to stay up to date on what’s happening with gardening over the summer. See you soon; in the meantime, enjoy green-up!
Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley
Topic: “Early Detection and Rapid Response.” Find out how researchers are discovering pest species new to the state, and how this method could help control them.
Several weeks ago, we asked for members to submit their favorite varieties; a few responded and here are their recommendations. We hope we can encourage more people to participate so that we get a really comprehensive list going; perhaps we can make it a regular feature of the web page. Happy planting!
Greetings Fairbanks and Tanana Valley gardeners! We’re having a spring workshop, a half day of experts to inspire us as spring begins, and save the rest of your day to start some seeds. Be sure to mark your calendar!
What: Spring Workshop, including:
9 a.m – Eric Mayo, Fruit tree and orchard maintenance
10 a.m. – Marjorie Illingworth, Water Gardens
When: Saturday April 2nd, 9am-noon (doors open at 8am, don’t be late!)
Where: University Presbyterian Church on College Road
The Master Gardeners historically have not met in January, but we are now mere days away from February. And do you know what that means, ladies and gentlemen? Our first MG meeting of 2016! We are going to start off the year with a bang. Terry Reichardt, long-time local gardening guru, is coming to speak with us! Some of you may have taken Terry’s multi-week Vegetable Gardening class and received one of her coveted “Terry’s Recommended Varieties” seed list. She is going to share some “Facts You May Not Know About Vegetables,” and I’m sure we can beg a few recommendations for veggies as well.
And speaking of recommendations for varieties for Interior Alaska, our Master Gardeners have decided that WE need to be our own local experts. While we do have access to folks like Terry with decades of experience, and we have historical info from the Georgeson Botanical Gardens and the Cooperative Extension, it is sometimes hard to find this info, especially for new gardeners or for those of us interested in trying something new. Have you SEEN how many cherry tomato varieties are out there? If you want one for a south-facing deck, how do you decide?
I know that among our member and among our gardening friends, we have a vast pool of experience and expertise. So, we would like to work on compiling this information, and sharing it with Alaskan gardeners. Karen and the MG board, as well as many of you who have attended some meetings last year, have been working on a simple, easy-to-fill-out form, so we can start collecting your recommended varieties. How about a small dahlia that’s easy to start from seed, has striped flowers and FILLS a pot? (Fireworks mix, from Pinetree Garden Seeds). A yellow cherry tomato that has produced ripe tomatoes for me outdoors every year, even in 2014? (Gold Nugget cherry tomato, multiple sources). My new favorite potato, with foliage that keeps growing even down to 26 degrees? (Alaska Frostless, from Kurt Wold of Pingo Farms locally).
Do you have varieties to recommend? Do you have a neighbor who tries 20 different lettuces every year to find the perfect butterhead? Are you adventurous with annuals or persistent in trying perennials? Share with us, so we can share with our fellow gardeners. Follow this link to a simple easy form. Fill in as much or as little info as you want.
So, ladies and gentlemen, catch up on your rest, ’cause spring is coming!!
Feb 2nd: MG meeting. At the Fairbanks Food Bank building on 26th Ave.
6 pm social time, 6:30 Terry Reichardt.
Agenda will include our varieties list and the upcoming Spring Garden Workshop.
Apr 2nd: Spring Garden Workshop. More details soon.
Apr 16th: Alaska Master Gardeners Conference in Anchorage. Details soon.