Memorial Day weekend is always the unofficial start of the summer season around here. With the weather warming up, the snow is finally gone, the mud is mostly dried out and we’re ready to plant our gardens. Most of you in the lower 48 have had beautiful gardens growing already, makes me jealous! Up here in Alaska, our season is much shorter, but what we lack in days we make up in the hours of daylight. Currently, we’re light 24/7. Officially, we have 19.5 hours, but we have dusk/dawn for a good 2 to 2.5 hours on either side of the sunrise or sunset.
Interesting fact; in our part of Alaska, the sun doesn’t set or rise this time of year. In fact, it doesn’t even follow a straight path of east-west. Up here, the sun circles the horizon, “rising” in the far north-east and “setting” in the far south-west. It just dips below the horizon, leaving us with hours of dusk and dawn before being visible again.
This makes our gardening extra special because we’re out in it all day long! Our growing season is much shorter than that of those in the lower 48, but our gardens are just as big and produce enough for our needs each year. In fact, we often have such an abundance we have to share with those around us! (What a blessing!!) On our homestead, we like to take advantage of every learning opportunity available to us, and gardening is certainly one of those places where you can find multiple learning opportunities. Today we’re going to discuss 6 homeschool subjects found on the homestead garden. Keep in mind that regardless of how large or how small your garden is, these lessons are available to you as well.
For the rest of this post, join me over at Minnesota Country Girl where I have the privilege of guest posting for Summer in the Outdoors: A Homeschool Series of Gardening, Foraging & Nature Studies.