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Garden Report: What are Fairbanksans planting this year?

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:39 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Gardening season is well underway, with nearly 24 hours of daylight and warm temperatures, plants are flourishing. Most Fairbanksans already have their gardens planted but some are still expanding. For this weeks gardening report, we went to greenhouses in Fairbanks and asked customers what they have planted and how their gardens are fairing.

Becca Russell is a Fairbanks gardener who is buying more plants to expand her garden.
Becca Russell is a Fairbanks gardener who is buying more plants to expand her garden.(John Dougherty/KTVF)

“Started with some baskets earlier on and then I have just kind of been working on my boxes a little. So, a little at a time for me. I have a lot of sun at my house. So, looking at a lot of sun, petunias, flowers, that kind of thing, snap dragons,” said Becca Russle.

Vivian Miller was at Holm Town Nursery with her daughter Anita to buy some plants. Anita said...
Vivian Miller was at Holm Town Nursery with her daughter Anita to buy some plants. Anita said they got a late start this year.(John Dougherty/KTVF)

Anita Miller and her mom Vivian were shopping at Holm Town Nursery to start their garden. “Starting off kind of slow. We are just now picking up flowers to go in the three flower beds in the front. Usually it’s, I think, pansies and marigolds, cause I hear that’s supposed to help with mosquito’s, I don’t know if that’s true or not. Then in the greenhouse, tomato’s and English cucumbers. Then in the vegetable bends in the back, collard greens and turnip greens,” Anita said.

Fairbanks Gardener Ruby Kibbee said she is planting less this year but still has a lot planted.
Fairbanks Gardener Ruby Kibbee said she is planting less this year but still has a lot planted.(John Dougherty/KTVF)

“I just waited until a little later. I live just up the hill so I knew there would still be stuff here. I checked in a couple of times just to see what there was. It’s good, I got a lot of stuff already planted but not was much as I normally do. I cut back a little bit this year,” said gardener Ruby Kibbee.

John Bass was shopping for pots for his plants. He says they have been growing so well the old...
John Bass was shopping for pots for his plants. He says they have been growing so well the old pots don't fit.(John Dougherty/KTVF)

“Trying to take advantage of the perpetual sunshine now, so we have got some vegetables as well as so herbs that we have planted. Trying to make a nice pico later this summer and then now we are getting some pots so we can transition some plants. Growing season has been going very well so we are having to upgrade our pots accordingly,” said John Bass.

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