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Wednesday, Septembgr‘lo, 1998 - Mercer island Reporter%C5 Gardening around the glaciers of Alaska From a two week Elderhostel cruise through the inland passage, these are observations on gardening along the panhandle of Alaskaz~No permafrost. although there is cold. heavy rain. wind, and short days, but there are correspondineg long days during the growing season. A popular concept ofAlaska is that. the principle crop is ice, and that the cows naturally produce ice cream. However, some of the largest and most tender vegetables can be grown in Alaska, even with difficult environ— ment and climate conditions. The long days result in very rapid growth that provides vivid flower colors and cham— (i) pion size vegetables. Forget-me—not. the state flower, responds with bright beau- Iy. Alaska soil is generally classified as infertile. It requires several years of building up the soil with sea weed kelp. humus from compost, and lime before the poor sandy and gravel soil will yield high results. Wrangell: Outdoor gardening is similar to that on Mercer Island. but lim- ited to cold weather plant varieties. III vegetables, this excludes tomatoes. corn, beans. and squash, although these can be grown in the interior val— leys where temperatures reach into the 80s. Everything can be grown in greenhouses, of course, when it is eco— nomical. Cold weather flowers and vegetables are started in cold frames and under clear polyethylene plastic. The size and intensity of colors in flowers are astounding. The 80 inches of rain a year (34 inches in Seattle) requires that plant- ing beds be built up for drainage. This is usually done by ridging. Where pos- sible. the sides of the ridge are slant- ed at an angle to maximize the sun shining on the soil for warmth and drying. Better are beds that are built up with railroad ties. lumber. and rocks (which are in ample supply). Raised beds and containers can raise the soil Nrnv welcoming new admissions Skilled nursing 111 YEARS OF CARING Web Address: http://www.Windermere.com Introducing Robert Pong Windermere is proud to announce that Robert Pong has joined our Mercer Island team. Robert is very active in the NW international business community and is currently the VP of the Washington State China Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is fluent in List Price Mandarin and has an extensive background in finance and marketing. You can be confident that Robert will handle all your real estate needs with the up-most pro- fessionalism and integrity. When you choose a Windermere agent, you can be assured they will have the best support team available to assist them in providing unequaled customer service. Cynthia Schoonmaker' (206) 997-4004 E—Mail: cynihias©windermerecom VIEW HOME! Extraordinary, sweeping western view, 3‘ bdrm, 2.75 bath 1962 MA home of the month, located in quiet First Hill For [case 4 bdrm NW contemporary home with private greenbelt view. 2-car garage, formal living 8: dining rIn. gourmet kitchen, great master suite. hot tub 8: all appliances. Call Brad Coats, (206) 232-0446. Priced to Sell I care... Reas‘snring comfort in a homelilre setting At the new Health Center at Covenant Shores, spacious resident rooms open to attractive dining and day areas. Skylights and expansive patio windows brighten a cozy residential 0 Short-term rehabilitation 0 Post-hospital recuperation 0 Long-term care Call today for more information or to schedule a visit to our state-licensed skilled nursing residence, (206) 236-0600 or (800) 362-1456. HEALTH CENTER A. COVENANT SHORES Covde diam A CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY 9150 N. Mercer Way 0 Mercer Island, WA 98040 0 206-268-3000 0 (800) 362-1456 2 Pi Gwenanb qe'fm’nwnv Communiév interior. And our skilled staff provides the nursing care you’d expect from a leading retirement community—supportive care that fosters wellness and independence. Forefront Shores 7.5 (l(f)lli71l.\‘l(’l'(‘(1 by ('rn'irnrrni Retirement (.‘ommuniln's, Inc. on bplzalfafthr 8mm! Q/"Iiirmmolmce o/"(he Erongclicol Covenant Church Visit our Web sit at http://wwwcovenantretiI‘emcrrtcom temperature by four degrees, but cov— ering with clear plastic can raise the soil temperature by over IO degrees. Wrangell has no nursery for the sale of seedlings. but a hardware/gar- dening store has a complete line of gardening equipment. Prices are about one—third higher than in the lower 48s due to shipping costs and the generally higher costs in Alaska. The heavy rain results in very acidic soil. To lower the acidity and raise the pH. lime is sometimes used. but ground up clam shells are as effective and less expensive. Slug bait must he cov— ered and protected from the rain. Skagway: This "Garden City of Alaska” receives only 28 inches of rain a year, which makes it practical— ly a desert for this state. The strong wind that never stops makes wind pro— tection necessary, which is acconu plished primarily by fencing. Newly planted trees require staking for sev~ era! years until their roots are well de- veloped. as well as wrapping the trunks with burlap in the winter for protection. The winter temperatures drop to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. although a wind chill factor of minus 100 de- grees Fahrenheit has been recorded. "I’Iti'lz'uli 1711M. f‘lll'illllkg .II til min!» . l‘At'rI l(’ N ' SlZlYl‘lfiMllliR 24-26 s 30 SIAIII! t‘INIII‘. Dr M Hons! The one nursery sells seedlings. With raised beds for drainage and cow ering with clear plastic. annuals are usually planted in the third week of May. Then growth explodes. A typical cabbageiis harvested at 30 pounds. but 75 pound cabbages are often achieved. Marigold flowers grow six inches across. Delphiniums and pan- sies are beauties. AN OUTSTANDING MUSEUM documents the spill from the oil tanker Exxon Valdez in 1989. Although an enormous clean up campaign was cons ducted. the damage to the flora and fauna was enormous. Crude oil darn— age to the shore is still evident after these many years. although life in Prince William Sound shows many signs of recovery. Nature is wonder-v ful at recovery ~ in time. The fishing industry was very affected in the local area. As tragic as the oil spill was, the financial return to Alaska had a sil~ ver lining. Exxon spent one billion dollars on the clean up effort. which was quite an economic boost for Alaska. The fishermen who worked on the clean up may have made more money than they lost in fishing damage. Day la« borers were well paid. Exxon is also contributing anemormous sum to be used by Alaskans for libraries. schools. fishermen compensation. and other no run! I»; cr‘ginrrn brawl/01H \ll'\\‘ltl Kl‘rslln“ l’m‘lot’ltluncus begin at 7:30 l‘ \l Matinee perfom Scptcurli 2i) and October .i licgrir .It 2'00 Hiker pixie range. bib MINI t Ili‘lliiutil l‘ll\ KtNI' S‘l't)\\"l§l.l Ml!\ll CARI. ()RI I- .«llt; ll\llll{l\ti Sll‘ltIN.-\l)l (litililtlhllAl‘lH (Ii-train! Ii.\i \\lr\l( Ill. l‘tlixrknvsm ~ CAII .. PACIFIC NORTHWIIST BALI. [T II iv. i |X\ i’mum l Let and (Ltilnt‘r I'llll Hm “up”... i» want .p..........».( in rm o Windermere Windermere Real Estate/SC, Inc. New Listings 0-$349,999 $350,000-$599,999 $600,000-$999,999 $1,000,000 and Over $2,900/M0 5888/232-0446. $89,500 Retail] Office Space Your Choice! Two Wallingford area commercial office or retail spaces for current use, or great for future development. Both zoned NC240 with bldg square footage of 1700 +l- & 2000+l- sq ft. For details call Allen Hovsepian, (206) 232- Mercer Island Real Estate Activity for the Month of August Pending Sales $290,000 Bargain Price 8722/232-0446. Reduced Price! r292 /\ {lb Current inventory 65’ level wft with 2 bdrm cottage. Over 25,000+ lot to build your dream home on. Great dock and moorage. Mercer Island wft at a bygone price! Act today, call Mary Yax. (206) 612‘ $724,950/$895,000 \Rlibl'lk I‘lllllt'ltll‘d. KIaN'I‘ S I‘t)\vI2I.I_ .\ (V social causes at the discretion of the state. This fund paid for the Alaskan Sea Life Center, the fore-- most cold—water research and re— habilitation center for marine wildlife. REYNOlD Valdez: The town of Valdez is completely new. dating from 1964. The earthquake that hit Alaska rc~ sulted in a section of the mountain sliding into the Prince Rupert Sound. This caused a tsunami that swept away the town. completely obliteratingit. A modern town was built further up the valley in a safe area. . The Alyeska oil terminal here is the end of the pipe line that carries oil from the North Slope. The Exxon Valdez sailed from here on its disastrous trip. but there‘s not a mention in town of this tragedy. Gardening is limited in Valdez be— cause of its climate. being the most northern port of Alaska that is ice free all year. The cold Iain requires extra ef— fort to provide soil drainage and warm— ing. The same cold weather vegeta- bles are grown during the sunrrneras here in Seattle during the fall and win ter. as listed in our publication 6/, Fall and Winter V’gt’tablrf Gardening. When available. seeds are used that are genetically adapted to the cold weather and short season. Compost is very important for irn~ proving the soil. but it is very slow. Up to three years are required to turn garden debris into rich humus. ' The cost of growing vegetables in Alaska is high. Vegetables from the San Joaquin Valley cost less in Alaska than those grown locally. even due ing the growing season. ' Sitka: Southeast Alaska‘s cool. rainy climate (07" a year) and acidic soil provide conditions like those from 6.000 to 14.000 feet in the Himalayan Mountains. so some of the most strik- ing flowers originated there. Theygar— dens of the Silka Pioneers Home are outstanding for showing what can best be grown here. I The “blue poppy of Tibet." a variety ,of meconopsis. bears a striking elec} trio-blue flower up to four inches across on a dramatic plant. The Ineconopsis is considered difficult to grow, but it lux,L uriates in Sitka. The Himalayan prim» rose is a regular at a daffodil timd. Many rhododendrons and azaleas come from the Himalayan foothills. : Alaska. a gardener must change the r‘ircnmsram'es given by nature“. a a , (206) 232-0446 Fax: (206) 236-6038 Billie Rose (206) 232-7719 E~Mailz broseidwindermerecom The Dynamic Duo Twice the energy! rsswtiu ’31i0fltyt’r' ‘miaigas Thrice the enthusiasm! 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BEAUTIFULLY BUILT BUCHAN TFtl LEVEL one 0! a kind home in Aqua Vista area of Clyde Hill. 5+ bdrms, 2.75 baths with won- denul lake view interior design excellence. A Must See! $785,000. entry, vaulted cedar ceilings 8r totally fenced in yard. Many updates. Call Gloria Gottesman, (206) 90562320320446. All Brick Classic - $287,000 2+ bdrms West Seattle home with incredible updates including chef's kitchen, huge tiled bath, atrium-like family room, 8: new leaded windows. Private manicured yard. Call today Mary Yax. (206) 6128722/2320446. Mid Island NW contemporary with 3 bdrms, family 8r rec rooms. Great price for this conveniently located island home with private back yard. Call .Mary Yax, (206) 612-8722/2320446. $298,950 Sahalee $324,950 Wonderfully located 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath rambler overlooking the llth green of the PGA Sahalce Golf Course. Featuring cathedral ceilings, formal dining, hardwood floors, hot tub & entertain- -ment size deck. A must see! Lenny Leviton, (206) ‘ 650-7503/232-0446. West Side View [at $355,000 Reduced Price! Approximately 03 acre west side lot with view of Lake Washington, lOlympic Mountains and downtown Seattle; survey avail- able; Utilities in street; near Gr0veland Park. Call Peni Schwartz, (206) 718-7364/ 232-0446. Glendale Area $417,500 Huge rambler on half acre lot. Sought after neighborhood of wonderful hurries. 4 bdrms. family rm plus bonus. Hardwoods galore 8r new- er roof. A must see in this price range. You won‘t be disappointed. Mary Yax. (206) 612-8722032- 0446. ' Room For Alli! $509,950 Great cuI-dc-sac location provides privacy. plus super views of lake and mtns. 5 bdrms, 2.75 baths with oversized family room, rec room and country kitchen. Entertainment sized back yard for young and old. Call today. Donna Fox, (206) 994-4101 232-0446. tional Enatai Home $524,950 3 yr 0 d. Z-level home on landscaped one half acre with 4 bdrms, 4 baths. 4-car garage, mtg rm 8r office. Beautiful woodwork throughout, high ceilings, 8( all the wanted 3: latest amenities. Call lack Melill, (206) 232-8936/232-0446. Westside View $530,000 Unique architecturally designed, 3—levcl home. 5+ bdrms, solarium windows with view of lake andcity. Lavish use of tile, glass, 8( block. Multi decks for outdoor enjoyment. See today. Mary Yax, (206) 612-8722/232-0446. ' Custom designed two-story home on private l/Z acre setting with lake 8r mm views. 4 bdrms, 2.5 baths with outstanding quality 8r construction throughout. Adjacent tennis court or extra lot available. Call lack Mellll, (206) 232-8936/232- 0446. Lake/City View $730,000 Westside lake view home with 4+ bdrms, vaulted ceilings and widow walls — all designed to cap ture the view. Room for all your family activities. Mary Yax, (206) 612687227232-0446. ‘ Grand Opening! $789,000 Open Sept. 20th, 9413 S.E. 33rd SLTradiIionally finished spaces in this new 4+ bdrm heme. Exciting Tudor style. Main floor library and farm ily room. The quality and extras steal the show! Mary Yax (206) 612-8722/232-0446. First Open! Open Sept 20th, 9403 S.E. 33rd St.Peek a boo view in this new 5+ bdrm home. 10’ ceilings, . Sammamish. $229,900. $799,000 quality millwork, guest suite. All the extras of higher priced homes. Late summer occupancy. See today. Mary Yax, (206) 6!}8722/232-0446. Ready to Show! $799,000 Open Sept 20th 9411 SE. 33rd St.'l‘rclli5ed entry to this new 4+ bdrm home. Gourmet kitchen. quality millwork. All the touches box beam ceiling, shutters, and window boxesiAgreat place to call home. Mary Yax, (206) 6128722032- 0440; , ‘- Custom Homes Priced From $800,000 Builder will work with client to build that special custom home. Several lots to choose from one lot ’ captures lake view. Call today for details. Mary Yax, (206) 6l2~8722l232~0446. \-. Without twice the price! This mother/daughter team can’t be beat. Cynthia Schoonmaker (206)997-4004 E'Mail: cynihias©windermerecom Claire Dion (206) 230-1030 E-Mail: merceris©windermerecom g.” NEW LISTlNG! bdrm. 2 bath plus den. New roof, interior paint. ~ . carpet. Great opportunity on quiet cul—de-sac, lssaquah loca- tion. Wonderful back yard for children. Walking distance to Lake Allen Hovsepian, Gle (206) 232-5888 ' ' E-Mall: allen@windermere.com REDUCED PRICE! Prim northend lion. 3 bdrm, 1.75 barn with nice master suite, formal living & dining areas, huge lami $03.1 262g garage, 81 great yard. A great buy on the isle . x9, . ,styvgrfisflrdaji