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Talk on the TundraGarden

 

Yesterday I gave a talk on the TG to nearly 20 local folks!  It was part of a series, loosely centered on local food production, being put on by Ilisaġvik College as part of the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service.  I talked a bit about how the TG got started, showed a lot of plant & flower pictures and talked about how to get plants (step 1:  get permission of the land owner), and the cultural requirements of different plants.  I also talked a bit about water features & birds and animals in the garden.  The whole thing was taped, and when time permits will be edited and posted on BASCmedia’s YouTube channel.  I’ll put a link up then.

I also mentioned a number of books.  I’ve made a Book Lists page which I just put up.  I’ll add to it as I think of things.
I’m always happy to answer any questions.

 

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Hello world!

TundraGarden has moved over to WordPress.  Not that I was unhappy with Blogger, but I’ve got another blog that I needed more features for, and it’s easier to keep them in one place.

Spring is here, such as spring is in Barrow.   Snow buntings everywhere (time to put out seeds), whales being caught, ducks flying, people heading up inland for geese.  The TundraGarden itself is under about 4 feet of snow, so things may be a bit quiet here for a few weeks yet.

Northern Light


A couple days ago we had one of those gorgeous fall days that come along so rarely. Winds were calm for much of the day, and the sun was shining. Temperatures dropped overnight, and the lagoon behind my house froze over.


It has been snowing for a couple of weeks, but not sticking; now it is. The birds have mostly left for the south, with the exception of the gulls, who are waiting for fall whaling, which means feasting for them as well as the human community. A few were left, hopping around in the snow looking for seeds.