Roadtrippin': Little greens, big rewards with backyard gardening

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - Backyard gardening can mean different things for different people, but one thing stays the same: Little greens can yield big rewards with a little work and some Alaskan sunshine.

Mark Wipfli, a biology professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has a plot of land located near the edge of Fairbanks where he gardens an array of different foods.

Inside the heated greenhouse that came with the home he bought, he grows some of the warmer weather crops, lots of herbs, peppers, and tomatoes, and all of it is heated in part by a system Wipfli developed himself that copies the in-water stove style to heat water sent to his plants.

Outside, Wipfli has been working on little gardening terraces he built himself, which help for growing root- and cold-crop foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. He has rows upon rows where peas and berries are being grown.

But don't let the sheer size of Wipfli's massive garden scare you: According to him, anyone can do it by starting small and employing a little tender loving care.

Meet Mark and see his passion for his backyard gardening project in the video above.

Video by photojournalist Ben Gauthier.