With a bit of rain nearly every day this month, we are on track for a bumper crop of mosquitoes!
Now at the end of the month, just after the summer solstice, the sun rises around 4a.m. and sets just before midnight. The extra long days combined with over 2” of rainfall this month has had all the vegetation growing like mad, and the mosquitoes too! This has certainly been a different June compared to the previous years we’ve been here. We had been expecting another hot and dry first half of summer, with regular rains not coming until late in July. Instead, it’s been overcast on many days which has done a great job of keeping the intense sun at bay. It’s been great not having to roast in the dry heat, but trying to do any work when there are mosquitoes the size of hummingbirds swarming all around is almost worse.
Having this big new tunnel is so cool and I love the variety of things we’ve been able to plant this year. Before the end of summer we plan on closing in the ends to keep it warmer into September and maybe even October. However, this tunnel is pretty short at only 30 feet, so we’re using this low cost, DIY version to figure out what we’re doing and then maybe some day we’ll invest in a full 100’ tunnel to really pump out some veggies.
Speaking of pigs, we’re picking up our two piglets on the 1st of July! We are so excited to get them back on the homestead as they are oddly entertaining. We are also getting them a week or two later than usual, but we’re not as concerned about it because they will have a nicer place to live this year and we shouldn’t have the issues with keeping their water thawed like we had last year.
Hello, I am Melissa, owner of Wild North Design. Recently, my husband and I decided to pick up and move to Alaska. This dream has been a couple years in the making and we are enjoying the journey so far. We love to learn and make all kinds of things. From wood craft, to painting, to vehicles, landscaping, building, exploring...we love it all! We are finding out that Alaska is a great fit for our restless minds and bodies! Excited for what the future holds for our expanding family!
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