Alaska Gardening Guide, Vol 1

Part Two: Beyond the Basics

Chapter 8: Plant Pests    127

Insecticides — Some Safety Precautions — Protecting Honeybees — Alternate Insect Controls — Prevention — Healthy Soil — Crop Rotation — Clean Gardening — Repellents — Trap Crops — Cures — Friendly Insects — Botanical Insecticides — Mineral Oil — Insect Diseases — Bug Juice Method — Plant Juice Method — Hand Picking — Other Methods

GUIDE TO ALASKA INSECT PESTS

Ants

Raspberry Fruitworms

Aphids

Red Turnip Beetles

Cutworms

Root Maggots

Fireweed Hornworms

Scale Insects

Fungus Gnats

Slugs

Leafhoppers

Springtails

Leafminers

Strawberry Root Weevil

Leaf Rollers

Thrips

Mealybugs

Whiteflies

Mites

Wireworms

Chapter 9: Plant Problems    159

Plant Diseases — Fungi — Bacteria — Viruses — Disease Prevention — Mice — Rabbits — Moose — Electric Fences — Weeds — Weed Propagation — Methods of Weed Control — Mulching to Smother Weeds — Chemical Control — Where to Apply Herbicides — When to Apply Herbicides — Types of Herbicides — Cautions —

GUIDE TO COMMON ALASKA WEEDS

Chapter 10: Coping with Cold Soil    180

Directional Planting — Planting Above Ground Level — Irrigating for Warm Soil — Permafrost Protection — What Kind of StyrofoamĘ? — Solar-Heated Soil — Heating Soil with Clear Plastic — Why Not Black Plastic? — Seeds Under Plastic; Corn — Irrigating Under Plastic — Transplants Through Plastic — Row Covers; Strawberries — Commercial Plantings; Strawberries — Combining Soil-Heating Methods — Using Black Plastic

Chapter 11: Working with Wet Soil    198

How Much Water is Enough? — Draining ‘Off Garden’ Water — Draining the Garden Itself — Drainage for Terraces — Terracing by Hand — Blind Ditches — Drainage Pipe — Built-Up Rows — Raised Rows — Raised Rows by Machine — Raised Rows by Hand — Planting Raised Rows — Plastic-Covered Mounds — Irrigation for Mounds Under Plastic — Raised Beds — Related Problems

Chapter 12: Selecting Seed
-Annual Vegetables for Alaska    208

Northern Varieties — Photoperiodism — Variety Research — You, as Researcher — It’s Been Done Before — Compensating for Unadapted Varieties

Chapter 13: Pick Perennials for Hardiness    219

Hardiness Zones —Microclimates — Short Nights, Long Winters — Low Soil Temperatures — Desiccation — Late Growth — Garden Perennials — Fruit Trees for Alaska — Apples for Southeast Alaska — Before Ordering — When Transplanting — Tips for Hardier Fruit Trees — Quarantine 

Chapter 14: The Green-Thumb Greenhouse    230

Site Selection — Framing — Foundations — Beds Versus Benches — Snow Loads/Roof Slope — Reinforcing for Snow Load — Covering a Greenhouse — Lighting — Ventilation — Humidity — Heating — Fuel — Utilizing Solar

Heat — Orientation — Glazing — Wind — Minimizing Heat Leakage — Other Types of Greenhouses — Soil and Fertilizer for Greenhouses — Carbon Dioxide — Watering — Greenhouse Insects — Greenhouse Diseases

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