Talk of Alaska: Tips for Spring Gardening

A pumpkin is starting to turn orange inside Gardens in the Arctic’s high tunnel in Anaktuvuk Pass. 2019 was a hot summer in the Arctic, and Gardens in the Arctic owner Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson says her heat-loving plants like melons and squash excelled. (Erin McKinstry)

Across the state, even in the snowiest places, the signs of spring are starting to appear. Crocus and tulips are already emerging in some areas and gardeners are poring over seed catalogs, dreaming of growing their own food and beautifying their yards with flowers and other plants. It’s an exciting time for people who like to dig in the dirt. We discuss what’s new for growing and harvesting in your backyard, on this Talk of Alaska.


HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Jeff Lowenfels – Author and gardening columnist
  • Art Nash – UAF Cooperative Extension Service
  • Glenna Gannon – UAF Cooperative Extension Service
  • Nasuġraq Rainey Hopson – Owner, Gardens in the Arctic

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, March 28, at 10 a.m. on Alaska public radio stations statewide.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her news tips and program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-550-8452.

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