July 2017: Copious cucumbers, profitable peonies, tips on spruce tips

Jul 19, 2017

Marcia Kardatzke's "cucumber tree" in her greenhouse in Soldotna. She calls the greenhouse the Little Shop of Horrors for how quickly and prolifically the plants grow.
Credit Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Wayne and Patti Floyd check on their peonies in the rain on their Cool Cache Farm in Nikiski. The plants are blooming later than usual this year, thanks to the cool, wet weather, but that actually helps in marketing the flowers to the Lower 48 and around the world.
Credit Jenny Neyman/KDLL

We've got tips on what to do with spruce tips, a food guide that makes harvesting local produce way easier than growing it yourself, greenhouse grow boxes that'll about raise the roof, and there are some farmers who are loving the cool, wet weather this year. Thanks to our guests, Jacki Michels, Marcia Kardatzke, Wayne and Patti Floyd of Cool Cache Farms and Heidi Chay with the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District.

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