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.
- The state is fining oil and gas company Hilcorp an additional $160,000 for using nitrogen without permission while working on two wells in 2015 -- the same practice that nearly killed three North Slope workers.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.