Three publication are now available from the PMC. Anyone interested in tomatoes should get a copy of Cathy Wright’s variety trials (Results of 1990 tomato variety observations) which compares harvest dates and yield for field-grown tomatoes. Plants from John Holm’s breeding program in Fairbanks and selections from the USSR dominate the list, and comparisons are made between plants grown through poly mulch and those that were unmulched.
A second publication is Notice of Naming and Release of ‘Kenai Carpet’ Nagoonberry. Rubus arcticus L.. It is being released as an aggressive ground cover for large-scale landscape plantings and revegetation work. NAFEX members are probably more familiar with this plant as a desirable fruit crop. If you intend to grow it, you must be aware that it needs a pollinizer for fruit production. Contact the PMC or the Alaska Horticultural Assoc, for plant availability.
Lastly, the 1990 Annual Report for the PMC has been released, and it is full of information on Cathy Wright’s horticulture program including tests with managing wild stands of blueberries, and small fruit variety trials. If you are interested in any of these publications, call or write the PMC at HC 02 Box 7440 Palmer, AK 99645, (907)745- 4469.