Denali Seed Company
Message from the President
and Subarctic Growing Conditions
In 2012 Denali packet Flower, Herb, Vegetable
and Wildflower seed is available only online.
of Growing from Seed
Tips for the Far North
up Your Life
a Beautiful Lawn in Alaska
a Garden on Permafrost
depths in Cold Climates
Cole Crops Indoors
Wood Ashes have a Place in the Garden
Forgot the Greens
Surf Camping Resort
We Need Your Help
At Denali Seed Company
we work hard to provide gardeners with the best varieties available
for arctic and subarctic growing conditions. The only way
to know if a variety will preform well in Alaska is to grow it,
put it in trial, under Alaskan growing conditions. Many of
the new introductions, All American selections and varieties that
are popular in other parts of the country do not like our cold soils
and long days. Many of the new varieties appear promising
for Alaska, so we trial them, but only a few are worthy of being
recommended to Alaskan gardeners. Because of the extensive
amount of testing required to assure success in the arctic and sub-arctic
gardens we rely on our Alaskan gardening friends for assistance
in our testing program.
We would like Alaskan gardeners to tell
us about their successes with varieties they have experimented with.
There are many unknown "gems" hiding in gardens all over Alaska.
Call us if you would like to share your knowledge on the hidden
gems in your garden. We look at many new possibilities each
year and are always willing to include your favorites on our list.
The information about your favorite variety that will help us determine
if we might offer it is:
1. How long have you grown the variety.
2. What varieties have you compared the results of your variety
3. Where did you get the seed for the variety at, so we can determine
if that seed would be available to us.
We are unable to fulfill the needs of every special situation, but
we try to help as many people as possible when it comes to supplying
hard to find items. We search the four corners of the globe
and import varieties that are not common in the US and some of the
special purpose varieties we grow ourselves. We offer varieties
on our seed list that are not available any where else in the world.
We need to know our customers wishes, unless
we have their input we don't know when we are falling short.
What do they need that we don't have? What area do we need
to put more emphasis on, in our trials? In our customers opinion,
are we weak in a certain area, if so which area, vegetables, herbs
or flowers, annual or perennial? Are there ethnic needs in
Alaska that we are not fulfilling? Let us know what our customers
want us to add to our line, what their thoughts on our products
are and what we can do to better fulfill their needs.
We wish to have Alaskan gardeners share
with us their successes. Our goal is to visit as many
Alaskan gardens as possible to share, examine and photograph those
successes. Recently we started our "photographed in Alaska"
campaign using locally photographed specimens on our seed packets
and website. We would like to add more Alaskan gardens to the Denali
We are looking for volunteers to participate
in our trials. We get samples of many new and promising varieties
and we need people to grow them and help evaluate their potential
for Alaskan gardens. The University of Alaska, Fairbanks has
an "All America" trial garden but because of staff limitations are
unable to test many of the new varieties that become available each
year. During the past twenty years we have made acquaintances
with seedmen from all parts of the country and because of their
interest in Alaska they send seed samples of varieties that they
feel may have potential in an arctic and subarctic environment.
Each year we receive many more samples than we have gardens to plant
Volunteers are needed from all parts of
Alaska that are willing to spend the time needed to plant, care
for and help evaluate trials. These volunteers are greatly
appreciated and are doing a great service to fellow gardeners in
Alaska by helping make new varieties available. For more details
on the requirements to get seed for testing and how to get started please
contact us by e-mail
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