Falkland Islands gardens

Feb 13, 2009

Pi and Victoria,

This is not anything like the conditions you face but I thought you would be interested…

You mentioned wind — in the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, the Antarctic wind, even in summer, is so strong in places the penguins lean over with their backs to the wind — so they don’t get blown away I guess.  They use hedgerows to break the wind.

These are some photos of the Sea Lion Lodge’s garden on Sea Lion Island.  They grow fresh veggies here for the summer tourist season. They have the luxury of heading back to the capitol, Stanley, for the winter.

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The photo below is the garden of a family of four who live remotely on East Falkland Island. He has a commercial fishing company and they also have chickens for protein. They live there year ’round and rent out cottages in the summer.

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The Falklands are entirely different from Alaska — it’s very, very cold one minute and warm the next — like Chicago on steroids!

It doesn’t snow much, although I was there on the first day of summer and there were flurries, and I don’t think the ground freezes but it’s challenging to have fresh produce. There’s a weekly flight from Chile and three military 16 hour flights from England so they are pretty isolated.

Your comments reminded me of this and I thought I would share.

Jane

3 Responses to “Falkland Islands gardens”

  1. Alaska Pi ∆ Says:

    Oh -how cool!
    Victoria’s ideas and plans have started me thinking about gardening all over the world and how folks come up with ideas to make it work.
    Never would have thought of the Falklands…
    Thank you!
    Bet these folks don’t have pesky bears and porkies… I’m jealous.

  2. Martha Unalaska Yard Sign Says:

    Wow! Like the Tundra and Chicago put together it sounds like!

  3. Say No to Palin in Politics Says:

    very cool and interesting! go gardeners!

    have ya all been to gardenweb.com? tons of good info

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