Jewleeia's Grow Log

My adventures with the Classic 7 Pod Aerogarden.  An ingenious invention that will surely help "winter-over" a bit of my tremendous eagerness to start my first garden in AK. Happy browsing!

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Hey, Jewleeia! Was just

Hey, Jewleeia! Was just thinking of you tonight. There was this show on Discovery Channel, Planet Earth: the Sequel, that featured an entrepreneur in Chena (sp?), AK, just outside Fairbanks. He runs a hot springs resort, and wants it not only completely self-sufficient on renewable energy, but aspires to supply geothermal power to Fairbanks. Has a huge hydroponic (aeroponic?) garden setup, to feed his resort, the works. He's got an elegant hotel, made of ice. I gather it melted the first summer, then he got busy building generators.

I'm a sucker for hot springs, and really cool gardens. I wouldn't mind vacationing there!

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That's a good question Bruce!

That's a good question Bruce! I've lived here 10 years and I still don't have it figured out! Sometimes we have summers that are 60-70*F and sunny the whole time, other times its 40-50*F and rains almost everyday. Some winters are mild and rainy, others- like this one- are sunny and really cold. We just had 2 weeks of 10*F BUT today it was 45*F! Sometimes we have 3' of snow and other times the ground is brown all winter. It's consistantly unpredictable I blame it on being coastal, north of Anchorage has pretty consistant winters.

The changing of seasons is pretty predictable though. Spring starts sometime in May, gardens go in around the begining of June, July feels like summer, August the tourists start leaving, Fall comes in September, October it usually snows.

 

 

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There must still be a time

There must still be a time frame to edit, I just tried it on another post after a few minutes and it worked. I'll play a little.

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re the cows. You never could

re the cows.

You never could edit posts in the forums... Or rather, I had it so you could for a while, but unfortunately, that allowed you to delete other people's posts...

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Never thought about asparagus

Never thought about asparagus making one happy but I do love to scarf it up, maybe there's something to it.

Real stew needs meat! Hmm.... a little miniature corral with 12" cows, water and tiny hay bales would make a great adjunct to an AG. With good timing it would allow a proper homemade stew. Sometimes you shake or brush flowers to fruit, what would you do with the cows? Play Roy Rogers songs or....

It could be self sustaining, just use the cow uh.. residue to fertilize your plants. A multi-million dollar idea... now to find some 12" cows for my MiniRanch (tm) and another AG for alfalfa. OOH, fill the water trough with beer and massage them daily - Mini Kobi Beef! Instead of a light timer, have little boxing gloves give them gentle punches ever 15 minutes. A zillion dollar idea.

Wow Jewleeia, Dr Seuss and Tom Bodett - Shakespear and Walter Cronkite rolled into one, I'm in awe! Seriously, how is the weather up there, I hear it's not like what I think.

Gisette - how come I can't edit my stupid posts anymore? I meant ring the bell above and it came out right the bell. I nead a spel cheker, the wun in FF doesn't werk hear.

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LOL, Bruce! Yes, once a zuke

LOL, Bruce! Yes, once a zuke is in full swing, neighbors learn to hide...

I love asparagus! It's the strangest thing - asparagus makes me happy. I've looked, and haven't yet found an explanation for this biochemical quirk. But it works like a charm. Any time I'm down, I can eat asparagus and be happy, no matter what's going down in life. Don't have a good spot to grow it in, though. Buy it every week anyway - $4 isn't much to pay for happiness.

I made a bunch of ratatouille over the summer and froze some. But my freezer's not so big, and I really love ratatouille, so... Didn't really last til winter.

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I love zukes, my daughter

I love zukes, my daughter will eat anything so far. I might try some down the road but this year I am focusing on veggies I can freeze or dry. I want to try to get our family through next winter on mainly home grown (at least with the veggies we eat on a weekly basis).I've all ready got ideas for more raised beds...Asparagus...yum!

Bruce- I once found a Dr. Suess book at our thrift store signed by Tom Bodett. Our light is always on, we usually have to beg people to visit- all of our family is in the mid-west. I think AK seems like another country to them.

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Maere said that at the end of

Maere said that at the end of season they'd take a huge basket of zucchini to a neighbor's porch, right the doorbell and run like hell.

Great to see you from Homer here. Do you leave the light on for us?

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Oh, btw, Jewleeia - does your

Oh, btw, Jewleeia - does your family like zucchini? Normally I wouldn't think zukes a candidate for Alaska, but I saw this one at Burpee. If you started it indoors 4 weeks early, and could provide cold frame temps of at least 50 or so for a month or so outside, it might work.

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Wow, Jewleeia! You're a

Wow, Jewleeia! You're a hard-working gardener! I hope to see pictures of this masterpiece abuilding!

My daughter loves eating beans fresh off the bush / vine, and I failed to deliver well last year beanwise. I've never used bean inoculant before, but this year I'm going to have to try it. I suppose it makes sense that no proper bean bacteria were around. If anything lived in this yard before I moved here, it was purely by accident.

I'd like a raised bed. (Just a little one, maybe 4x8' - my whole yard is smaller than your raised bed!) Might have to wait until a certain someone is voted off the condo board, though.

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