Today, our Metolius blackberries arrived in the mail. They ripen very early with Obsidian, which has failed completely for the second year in a row. From what we've read, Metolius is more winter hardy than Obsidian or Marionberry. We are looking forward to testing it this next winter.
Unfortunately, 30-40 mph winds also arrived today, collapsing our hoop house over the grapes and breaking off young shoots, including one that had two flower clusters on it. We are working on a design that will be sturdy enough for Interior Alaska weather, but be fairly inexpensive (I know, a lot to ask). We will rebuild it tomorrow and get the plastic back up before the grape leaves get sun scorched.
Also, today added a third very successful day to this year's plant sale. A huge thanks to everyone who has come out to support us - from North Pole to Nenana and everywhere in between! We have a limited number of plants remaining (mostly sunflowers (giant and dwarf), lobelia and a few each of early girl tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower. We'll post a more detailed list prior to our last day, June 7th. Just realized that we posted the wrong date on the website and probably other places! Our last day will be next Saturday, the 7th.