Growing warm weather crops presents a challenge to those living in Alaska.

Most die hard gardeners use a greenhouse for the delicate plants.

I had a greenhouse 12 feet by 12 feet and I used it to grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers. 

I also had a garden plot measuring 30 feet by 20 feet.

I used the garden for cooler weather plants that seem to thrive in the cool Alaskan summers. All the lettuces do fantastic. I grew five different varieties of leaf lettuce. I also raised cauliflower, broccoli, beets, radishes, zucchini and beans.

The typical Alaskan growing season is 90 days, beginning June 1st and ending September 1st. So, we grow seedlings inside the house and transplant as much as we can. One advantage is the long hours of daylight where 18 hours is the norm for the summer. Plants develop strong stalks produce fruit more slowly. So, the maturity dates for the seed is usually off by 15 to 30 days. Click Here to see my flower grow!

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