When out in McCarthy, Alaska, we live across the street from the Old Hardware Store, home of the Wrangell Mountains Center, an arts, science, and research facility, located in historic downtown McCarthy.
One of the many amazing things about the Wrangell Mountains Center is its summer gardens. These gardens produce a good portion of the food served at the Center each summer. Staff, visitors, program participants, and local volunteers enjoy a wide variety of home grown goodness.
Rachel is the Mistress of the Kitchen and Gardens. She is the one who grows, cooks, and serves these yummy vegetables.
This summer, I, only with the rest of the staff of the Hardware store and numerous local volunteers, have been helping Rachel water these gardens. We’ve had a very dry summer, so it takes me just about an hour a day to water the beds I have been assigned.
The gardens include a funky truck bed full of flowers.
We are very resourceful in our container usage.
These flowers are not only beautiful but also tasty in salads too.
Raised beds are a common feature of Alaskan gardens. They help keep the soil warm. I did not know this until we moved to Alaska, but vegetables keep growing as long as there is sunshine. That means even though we have a short season, lots of growing is done in the tiny window of an Alaskan summer.
No garden would be complete with out laundry hanging in the background now would it?
The birds like the gardens too, so we have to keep them covered.
These gardens feature an assortment of produce.
Kale and chard.
You’ve got to love the lettuce.
Or would you prefer bok choy?
The carrots are good too.
The green house is the most fragrant place in town.
We’ve got green beans.
And an upside down tomato plant.
My absolute favorite are these yummy cherry tomatoes.
What’s hiding in here?
A wee baby cauliflower!
There is broccoli too.
Once these goodies are harvested, Rachel makes all kinds of delicious meals right here in the Wrangell Mountain Center kitchen.
It’s all very yummy.
It’s pouring right now, absolutely dumping. That means no watering for tonight.
How is your garden growing? Are you getting to enjoy the harvests of this time of year? I’d love to hear your gardening stories too.