|Karl Gaskill in his extraordinary garden tending his best crop: Butter Crunch Lettuce|
|First day of summer, Stehekin. Karl hard at work, doing what he loves|
"I garden in a swamp," Karl quips about his location. If you dig ten inches under the soil at full lake level, you hit water. He hasn't watered the garden for two weeks and it is the first day of summer with a hot sun beaming. Nor will he have to water the rest of the summer. Plants are thriving everywhere you turn. With unusual sub-irrigation, roots reach down happily and grow grow grow.
|Potato plants far ahead of the rest of the Stehekin valley gardens|
|Snap peas will be ready soon|
|Yum...the best spinach salad awaits here|
Along with sub-irrigation and perfect spacing, Karl invests a large amount of time preparing his soils. Rye grass cover crops are half the enrichment, planted and tilled in the off seasons. Other enhancement comes from the barn. "People ask me if I hire people to help, and I say yes, I have five employees," Karl smiles pointing towards the paddock where his five goats are resting in the morning sun. They produce enough manure along with leftover alfalfa stalks to cover his whole garden an inch deep every spring.
|"Whatchou lookin' at?"|
|Karl will always take time with visitors and questions|
You will find in his friendly outdoor store, tinctures for every ailment, soaps, lotions, homemade maple syrup from Stehekin, snacks and an array of natural products. Front and foremost of all his products are his golden jars of honey, coming straight from the hives on sight. "I sell up to 800 jars a season." Karl also makes a creamy wonderful goat cheese that sells up to 1,000 lbs every year.
|Platformed hives to reduce bear temptation|
|A rare moment: Karl at rest|
Visit Karl in Stehekin for the best organic produce you will ever taste. And if you have time, sit down and ask him a question. He will always take time to answer with a sincere smile.
"The Garden" is located approximately 1.5 miles north of the Stehekin Landing. Open Daily, 9-5. l.c.