THE U-Pick GARDEN will be closing August 20th. This will be the last year the garden will be open to the public. Next year I'll be operating as a CSA, supplying about 20 regular customers with weekly boxes. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years, but it's time to try something new.

To get a copy of my book, "How To Grow Vegetables In Sitka, Alaska" just give me a call....The books are $20 plus tax. If you live out of town and want me to mail you a copy, you can mail a check for $25.60 to:

Lori Adams
P O Box 6021
Sitka, Alaska

Down To Earth U-Pick Garden is located at 2103 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka, Alaska. It is open usually from mid-June through late August. Hours are Monday-Saturday 12:00 to 6:30. On Farmer's Market Saturdays I am not open until 2:00. Children are welcome but may not run through the garden or chase the ducks. If you have any questions you can contact me, Lori Adams, at 907-747-6108 or 907-738-2241. My email address is

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Between A Rock And A Hard Spot

Today started out great with such promise.  First, my angel of a friend, Yvonne, came over to help me with my transplanting.  I totally need a staff!  It's great to get some help, thanks Yvonne!

After a quick lunch the gardening class from Pacific High came over for a tour.

After all their questions were answered the class went back to school and I started working on the major project of the day....building fencing for the carrot bed.  This is what it looked like before I began...

The first step was to remove the pathway material so I have a place to go with the dirt...

The second step was to dig a trench along the edge...

...the ducks loved this step because I dislodged all sorts of creepy crawlers.  The third step was to drive rebar into the ground and build the fence.  This is where I ran into trouble. I was almost done but found I needed to dig the trench a little deeper on this end and I found this rock....

I tried to get it out with a pry bar but wasn't having much luck, so I called Levi out to help me.  He was happy to help, but he was not happy with the would barely budge....

We found another pry bar and were able to move it more, but still not enough, so I called a friend to come over to try to help.  He said we needed to dig out around it more, so we did.  Right before dark the three of us managed to move it off to the side far enough to allow me to build the fence, but it will be sticking up in the pathway.  Now I have to decide how to proceed...dig the hole deeper and roll the rock into it? build a tripod and use a come-a-long to hoist it out? leave it and stumble over it?  Whatever I do I have now gotten further behind schedule and it does not make me happy.


  1. Kerry is very good at removing these large rocks that hide under our dirt! He puts a honking big tow chain on it, hooks it to the truck (or a bus if it is REALLY big) and drags it out. The only problems is that sometimes it gets dragged across something I would prefer not get rock walls, plants etc. :-)

  2. I wish I could have used that method, but it is in an inaccessible part of the garden. I got it out with a jackhammer.