The challenges of northern climate pose major problems for anyone who tries gardening in Alaska. Industrious Alaskans have nevertheless found ways to make many things grow. Innovation, determination, careful planning and local knowledge are what is needed to successfully harvest a crop in the Far North. For some plant varieties, the long hours of daylight in the northern summer are an advantage.
Greenhouses and cold frames are commonly used to grow warm-weather crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs.
Other crops that do well in Alaska's midnight sun include beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, spinach, swiss chard, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb and zucchini.
Gardening is not just about vegetables, either. Flowers in Alaska's interior region are very popular. Many Fairbanks homes and businesses proudly display hanging baskets that are bursting with vibrant colorful blooms. Commercial agriculture produces hay for horses and cattle. Potatoes and other more cold-tolerant crops are also grown commercially here.