The plant sale will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11th at the Carrs/Safeway parking lot.
Here’s an example of why buying plants from some of the big box stores without any local guidance could be a risky endeavor.
KTOO’s Matt Miller bought this Triple Crown Thornless Blackberry and two other varieties from a big box chain store last year.
For whatever reason, all of the blackberry plants died either before they were purchased or immediately after planting. It turned out to be a waste of $21.
Although the box label shown below indicates that full sun to partial shade is best, it does not specify optimum soil composition, moisture, pH, or ideal hardiness zones.
If you looked up this type of berry, then you might discover that it is best suited for Zones 5 through 9. But, depending on your location in Southeast Alaska and which hardiness map you consulted, your designation could range from Zone 4 to Zone 7.
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.