Loop, a long-time Niksiki resident, has been gardening for many years.
Loop is planning the garden in two parts. The first is where those raised beds come in, though she can’t build those until she can get ahold of more lumber.
Still, Loop is charging ahead with the project and plans to open it this summer. She wants a garden for people who don’t have their own at home.
“I kind of did the size to begin with based on my garden size so I can get a visual,” Loop said.
The other part she’s planning is a community plot where people can come volunteer and, at the end of the season, take home produce. She’d hope that garden could be used by those who are financially insecure or homeless.
“I can see people who are struggling financially, they can help with the volunteer side,” Loop said. “At the end of the season, they can go and bring things home. We are talking about doing some gardening classes so people can learn how to can stuff. Or any of the youth organizations who want to work in the garden.”
“’Cause not everybody can have gardens in their yards,” Loop said.
“I’m heavy into 4H, I have my own club,” she said. “But I also know there are two other youth organizations who also would be interested in having a raised bed.”
When Toni Loop started working on building a community garden in Nikiski, the price of lumber was a lot lower.
Leaders, community celebrate opening of Nikiski Fire Station 3.
Nikiski rec center hosts Christmas celebration
Nikiski soil treatment facility on track for approval
The shelter is located off the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski and has been years in the making.
Nikiski soil treatment facility moves ahead
11 members of the department have been quarantined due to the possibility of COVID-19 exposure.
Soil quality and preparation are important steps in planting a new lawn. Begin by removing the existing vegetation. If planting a new lawn in a large area where there are lots of weeds, spray them with a non-selective herbicide like Round-Up to save hours of physical labor. If over-seeding, you’re obviously will not want to kill your base grass with a herbicide application but what you can do is mow down your warm-season grass as low as you can. This along with verti-cutting and power raking, will reduce thatch and improve good seed contact to the soil.
planting grass seed in Nikiski, AK in the fall is the best time to plant cool-season grasses or over-seed warm-season grass with perennial rye grass. planting grass seed in Nikiski, AK. If north of the transitional zone of the U.S., the best time to plant grass seed will be between August 25th and October 5th. If located in the warmer south and over-seeding, grass seed is best established when planted between September 20th and October 25th.
At this point you will want to add the necessary fertilizer and any soil amendments that the ground may need. What and how much you need to apply can be determined by taking a representative soil sample and sending it off for analysis. Your local university extension office should be equipped to analyze and interpret your soil sample. You want to uniformly incorporate the grass fertilizer and soil amendments into the top 2 to 3 inches of top soil. The best way to achieve good incorporation is by using a good roto-tiller. For over-seeding projects, add 5 lbs per 1,000 square feet of a 16-20-0 analysis fertilizer two weeks after planting.
For both a new lawn and over-seeding, apply 1/2 of grass seed in one direction on the soil using a spreader. Then put the other 1/2 of the seed in the other direction. Lightly rake the seed in and then roll the soil lightly with a roller. To achieve good seed to soil contact and maintain good soil moisture, top dress the grass seed with a thin layer of mulch or compost. This is not necessary but will improve grass seed germination, especially if under pressure from hot weather or drying winds blowing across the soil surface.