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Sep 8, 2017
Refuge Notebook: How invasive plants invade the landscape
Brooks Range, the highway (and sweetclover) intersects some big river basins on both sides of the Alaska Range: Susitna, Nenana, Yukon, Kanuti and Koyukuk. Sweetclover seeds not only float well, but they prefer disturbed soils like those found on stream gravel bars, and so this becomes the means or vector by which this invasive plant can disperse across the landscape. In 2008, University of Alaska researchers fed sweetclover seeds to moose held captive at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer. Turns out that sweetclover seeds pass readily through the digestive systems of moose (and cattle) intact and so can be carried inland, away from streams or roads. This is how sweetclover spread from its initial introduction on a farm to roads to streams and finally elsewhere through wildlife.I was stewing about this dispersal chain as I drove over the Brooks Range and down onto the North Slope. The high Arctic is arguably the uber frontier in Alaska, a state often billed as the Last Frontier. Here, the flora are native and the ecosystems are natural. Yet, as the Dalton Highway swings towards the Sag River, 50 miles north of Atigun Pass, I spied a patch of bluish-purple flowers growing on a “restored” right-of-way that paralleled the road. Turns out these were the blooms of Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense), another Old World invasive also introduced to North America in the 1600s, probably as a contaminant in crop seed or ship ballast. Because it is not palatable to most livestock, Creeping Thistle is formally listed by several states, including Alaska, as a noxious weed. In fact, Creeping Thistle can be so problematic that control legislation was enacted as early as 1795 in Vermont and 1831 in New York. So how did it get there? The northern-most infestation previously found in Alaska was at Stevens Village, 200 miles to the south on the Yukon River. While it’s possible seeds were transported by “dirty” heavy equipment used in the r... (Kenai Peninsula Online)Jul 27, 2017
Invaders: Many common 'wildflowers' are invasive species in the Yukon
Narrow-leaf hawksbeard are, according to the Yukon Invasive Species Council website, an invasive plant which “once established is hard to remove.” Not knowing their proper name, I had been calling them tall dandelions because their small, bright yellow flowers have a mild resemblance to the native plant and because their blossoms also turn to white fluff when the plant goes to seed. I routinely pick large bouquets of them to brighten up my cabin because they last a few days when cut and seem to be everywhere which is unsurprising, since each plant produces around 49,000 seeds.While pretty in its own way, narrow-leaf hawksbeard, along with thistle and sweet clover, is one of the most troublesome invasive plants in the Yukon, said Andrea Altherr, program coordinator for the YISC.“They impact our agriculture tremendously,” Altherr said. “If you get them in your farm field, they can reduce productivity. They also negatively impact biodiversity, pushing out native species.”The YISC lists 21 invasive species of plants in the Yukon. You often see these plants every day and...Mar 23, 2017
Gardens of Love: Carol Brush
Joyce, who fried them up “just the other day.” Next year she’d like to plan so she has “a second crop of potatoes, black, Yukon, and red.” Carol does not have a specific time of day she works in her garden, “only not in the heat of the day. Sometimes in my pajamas, absolutely.” Carol’s husband works in the garden a few hours every week and loves to pick strawberries and help harvest, which in the fall is a lot of carrots.Since Carol has more time for her garden now, I wondered if chickens might be in her future, since she and George no longer have a sailboat and the maintenance that goes along with it. The answer was no; for the first time in their lives, they are no longer tied down, but look forward to picking up and going when and where they want. They planted miniature fruit trees in the back of their home 30 years ago, when they moved in, Carol boasted, but unfortunately last year was not an ideal one for fruit. They have pears, peaches, apples, and many beetlebung trees surrounding the house. The boxwoods all come from her mother-in-law’s former home, the Fanny Blair house in Vineyard Haven. Carol just wants “everything simpler to take care of” at this point in her life.Inside Carol’s home is a specially designed window to hold her plants brought inside for the winter. I was particularly impressed by the peaceful relationship Carol enjoys with her garden. When I tell her this, she says, “It’s a learning curve. They’ll tell you what they need, just like children.” And if you don’t listen to them, “they’ll die, so you learn.” And each time I visit another garden I, too, am learning. (Martha's Vineyard Times)Feb 23, 2017
Gardening for the Record: Kitchen scraps lead to adventurous ...
July to August.At The Learning Fields’ demonstration vegetable garden, Master Gardeners plan to grow Yukon Gold, Pontiac Red and a blue or purple variety.According to chairperson Mary Smith, here’s the team’s planting method: First they will cut the large seed potatoes, making sure each section has a couple of eyes. Then they will let them dry out — sprinkling powdered sulfur helps. “Once the seed potatoes are ready, we make our furrows by hand and try to plant the seeds deep and then hill up the row. Even if they freeze back, they are tough and will come right back.”This year, they are experimenting with a different method on a few of the potatoes. “We will plant on top of the soil and cover with straw. Although this is not new, many of our team has never used this method. Once harvesting begins, we can compare methods to see which produces the most potatoes,” Mary added.Especially enjoyable for these potato growers is digging them and “seeing the pretty tubers — especially the blue ones.”The latest National Gardening newsletter offers a tip for early harvest by forcing the eyes to sprout a few weeks before planting, thereby shortening the growing period. Here’s how:Sprout the seed potatoes a couple of weeks before planting by spreading them in a single layer in an area that gets some sun and a constant temp of 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above. The potatoes will develop short green sprouts, rather than the long white sprouts produced in the dark.Because the potatoes turn green, this sprouting process is called "greening." Green potatoes aren't good to eat, but once planted the crop will be fine. At planting time, cut the potatoes as usual and plant the seed pieces as usual, taking care not to break the tiny sprouts.Although Mary was unaware of this method, she may use it this spring.Gardeners who grow potatoes have their own methods that work well and their own favorite varieties. Complete instructions for planting and growing Irish potatoes are available at www.uaex.edu/publications/pdf/fsa-6016.pdf for first timers.Harvesting comes after most of the vines have died; however, “new potatoes” — those used in early summer — are dug before the vines die (usually June-July).Some useful questions and Dr. Andersen’s answers in a University of Arkansas Fact Sheet on Irish Potatoes include:• Can I save some of my potatoes for seed potatoes? No. Saving your own potatoes can lead to a buildup of viruses and diseases.• What causes green skins? The green areas develop where the potato was exposed to sun. This occurs when potatoes are not planted deep enough or not covered with straw. The green portions taste bitter.• Can I save small potatoes from my spring crop for planting in the fall? Yes.• Can I eat seed potatoes left over from my spring garden? No. They may have been chemically treated. Like all treated seeds, seed potatoes should not be fed to humans or animals.Next week, the topic will be the air potato — another sister-in-law passalong plant.Lucy Fry of Fort Smith is a level 4 Master Gardener and writes the area Master Gardener newsletter. Her column, Gardening for the Record, runs weekly in the Times Record. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Times Record)Nov 18, 2016
Local Ways to Celebrate the Holidays
Upon entering Stone Zoo, guests will visit Yukon Creek, which not only features dazzling holiday lights, but is also home to bald eagles, Canada lynx and reindeer. Guests of all ages will have the opportunity to meet one of Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during the nightly photo opportunities. Children will want to make sure they visit with Santa, who awaits their arrival in Santa’s Castle. Jolly Old St. Nick will be available for photos through Dec. 23. On Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 24, guests can also meet Mrs. Claus, who will be greeting visitors and spreading holiday cheer throughout the zoo from 5:30-8 p.m. Information: www.zoonewengland.org.
HOLIDAY POPS — Symphony Hall, 301 Mass. Ave., Nov. 30-Dec. 31. Join the Boston Pops in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-along, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus. The seven kids’ matinee performances include post-concert photos with Santa and special treats. Special post-Christmas concerts feature screenings of the unforgettable movie classic, “Back to the Future,” live with orchestral accompaniment, and New... (Wicked Local Somerville)