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My name is Everette, I live in Palmer, Alaska and am recently retired. We are on about 1/5th acre, so very small, former pasture land. Our garden consists of an 8x10 green house, 6 raised beds that are 6x3 this year, but that will become two 22x3 beds next year. We also have 4 sets of tires and a few containers on our deck.

I am new to gardening, this being really my first year after 20 years of not having a garden, so I am relearning all the things I once knew and forgot over a period of time. I may have tackled too much this year, we will find out. This year we have bush beans, sweet peas, snow peas, potatoes (in 4 sets of tires), kohlrabi, 2 types of lettuce, radishes, carrots, beets, tomatoes, peppers, celery spinach, kale, chard, and cucumbers. We have a little bit of a lot of different veggies this year to see what does well here. Next year we will probably plant less types and more of what we do plant.

I also started a strawberry bed this summer that is doing pretty well. We have been snipping off the flowers in the strawberries in hopes of getting a better return next year.

I am in the process of studying how to set up a drip irrigation system. That will probably not get completed until next spring.

We, my wife and I live in zone 3-4 depending on which source we use. We are in what is known as the Matanuska Valley, and the town we live in was founded in 1935 by midwesterners who were selected by the government to start farms in Alaska due to the depression in the lower 48.

That about sums it up for now.
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well your garden should do well with all that daylight, don't think I would worry allot about watering as in a climate like that you should get plenty of rain.
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