A question from a fellow grower!
I grow in Alaska, USDA Zone 5, so a short growing season but very long daylight, reaching 20 hours by June 21. Our microclimate is cool, with average summer high temps in the 60s, rarely reaching into the 70s. We use unheated high-tunnels for earlier warming and starting of crops that could not yet begin outside, for instance we have radish and carrot seed up now along with lettuce sets planted but still have some snow lying about and the ground and ponds still frozen.
I would like to grow some personal herb, it’s legal here now. Here is the challenge. It is easy enough to start plants and grow first in the tunnels and move outside during the height of summer but the rate at which our daylength and temps drops seems to catch the herb plants off guard as there is not enough time left for budding before hard frosts occur.
I have heard about autoflower varieties but have no experience with them. I have also heard the quality of the bud is not so good. One approach I am considering is finishing the girls inside but would like to have other options. As I would be growing in pots for ease of movement I would like plants that do not get 6-8 feet tall. I also like herb that does not knock me out but one can be engaged with work, if possible.
Are there a couple of strains you would suggest and any cultural guidance you may have would be greatly appreciated.