With more daylight than we know what to do with, this month has had us busy, busy, busy...
Over Mother’s Day weekend, Wild North Design set up at a massive crafter’s market at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. This was our second year participating in this particular show and it is definitely one of our favorites! Everyone is so happy to be out enjoying the great weather and seeing all of the beautiful artwork, this show always has some awesome vibes. Not to mention it’s great to get feedback on all of the designs and pieces we’ve been working on over the winter while also seeing what everyone else has been up to. So. Many. Neat. Vendors! Including food trucks!
Meanwhile, back on the homestead, we have been busy planting, building, and occasionally re-building. Pete and his dad re-built the collapsed lean-to behind the first greenhouse, making sure it is spec’d for Alaska this time. This version is actually nicer with a higher ceiling and an enclosed space for storage.
Pete was also able to get the frame completed for the high tunnel, our third greenhouse. Now that weight restrictions have been lifted for our roads, we will get a truckload of topsoil delivered to spread out as the planting base in the tunnel before covering it with the greenhouse plastic. We are super excited to have this new enclosed growing space and plan to have it filled with delicious vegetables by this fall. Last year we planted things like beans and squash outside in July which did not produce anything at all due to the cold nighttime temperatures we start seeing in mid-August. We expect this new tunnel to give us at least another month or two of production on both ends of the growing season.
We did learn a lesson about not trying to jump the gun when planting things outside here. A late frost on May 21 caused us to lose about half of the pumpkins and squash and about 75% of the green beans we planted outside in the second half of May. The long sunny days were just too tempting to not have plants out soaking it up, but then we were reminded that the arctic circle is only a few hundred miles to the north and the right breeze can bring that icy chill back really quick. With our big new grow tunnel expected to be finished shortly, we’ve already got several more seed trays started which will find their new home in there. Overall, it wasn't a total loss! The benefits to planting extra.
In another first, we’ve got our entire winter’s supply of firewood already split and stacked before June! Not to mention, I split it all! I’m not much for swinging an ax, but our hydraulic wood splitter makes it a job that I can easily do.
Well that’s about all I can remember for this month. Take care, Everyone, and thanks for reading!
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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