April 2018: Tap into birch sweetness, hydroponic help for harvesting and growing a market business

Apr 21, 2018

Marcus Mueller drills a ¾-inch hole in a birch tree April 15 in Soldotna.
Credit Jenny Neyman/KDLL

It's April — the snow is melting but not fast enough to be gardening outside anytime soon. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be harvesting. Greenhouses get you a jump on spring and hydroponics can be a vault toward productivity. Tour Cheryl and Steve Beesun's hydroponic greenhouse in Soldotna, with cucumbers, lettuce and zucchini already ready to eat.

Also this month, Farmer’s Markets won’t be open until June but market vendors are already hard at work planning for the season. The Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District and Alaska Farmers Market Association put on a Farmers Market Meet-Up on April 13 at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association.

And there’s a sweet treat hiding in the woods these days. Tap into it soon, before the opportunity dries up. Thanks to Marcus Mueller for a demonstration on tapping birch sap.

In about 24 hours, the birch tree nearly filled a gallon bucket.
Credit Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Links:
Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District's Farm Central page

Alaska Farmers Market Association

Tapping birch trees from the Cooperative Extension Service

Central Peninsula Garden Club's May workshops