Author Ellen Vande Visse The Scoop on Coir (Coconut Husk Growing Medium) Coir is coconut husk fiber. Two other names for this same material are Coco peat and Coconut coir. Coconut husks are washed and dried multiple times, then compressed into dry bricks. Coir is a renewable resource, and once considered a waste product. Compare …

The Basics of Starting and Maintaining a Garden

Author Ellen Vande Visse The Basics of Starting and Maintaining a Garden There are many benefits to starting a garden. Not only are there the health benefits to consider, but there’s no limit to the knowledge you can acquire by adopting gardening as a lifelong hobby. However, before you go to the store and pick …

Seed Potato Sources 2020

Author Ellen Vande Visse Seed Potato Sources 2020 The worst thing you can do to all of us … is to plant the potatoes that you bought at the grocery store. You threaten us all with spreading Late Blight—the same disease that caused the famine in Ireland. IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM STATE OF ALASKA To avoid …

Potting Media Recipes

Author Ellen Vande Visse My Favorite Organic Potting Media Those Available in SouthCentral Alaska Stores How to Make Your Own UPDATE Incorporate: From a small volume of soil, robust and resilient plants need a complete profile of nutrients and micronutrients, porosity for root development and water retention, adequate drainage and pH buffering capacity. Additionally, the …

Author Ellen Vande Visse Light Banks For Indoor Seed-Starting & Maintenance Old style shop lights Fixture: a shop light that is four feet (48”) long and holds 2 fluorescent bulbs each that are 40 watt. Fluorescent bulbs: one warm and one cool light, 40 Watt (=40 W). Never mix 40 watt and 32 watt bulbs …

How to Make Soil Blocks

Author Ellen Vande Visse How to Make Soil Blocks A list of Short Videos on Soil Block-Making Raindrop Farm YouTube : How to Use a Soil Blocker for Seedlings and Plant Starts 7.36 min https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EJm-pwqKcU Feb 2020 Johnnys Selected Seeds: How to Start Your Seed with Soil Block Makers under 3 min https://www.johnnyseeds.com/tools-supplies/seed-starting-supplies/soil-blocking/snap-in-square-dibbles Peaceful Valley …

Author Ellen Vande Visse Finding SEEDS for Alaska Seeds- how to choose? There are lots of choices. Ask yourself, What quantity of seeds do I need—a few pots or large garden? Are there specific varieties that I want? Do I need some seeds before seed racks are available—such as onion, lobelia, celery? Seeds—Where to Find? …

Author Ellen Vande Visse Seed Potatoes 2021 GK ‘Raising It Up’ Farm GK “Raising it Up” Farms Trapper Creek, AK Email: gkalal@gci.net Gregory Kalal 8621 Witherspoon Circle Anchorage, AK 99504 Phone: 907.339.1966