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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pea-Planting Time

Last night I started soaking the pea seeds in water.

This is how they looked this morning...

 Nice and plump.
 I'm always nervous to put them in water because once you do you are committed to planting them within 24 hours, and once you plant them you are committed to covering them before you quit for the day or the birds will eat every one of them.  Don't ask me how they know there are in there, 2 inches under the soil...they just do.   Here they are with the innoculant...

 Well, they are in...

....and covered with whatever I could find in the dark.  The last 10 feet of one row is covered with coats that were hanging in the sunroom.  Tomorrow is another day, I will fix it in the morning.


  1. That's such a great way to start the pea seeds! Do you have to have any holes in the jar lids?

  2. No, but the lids were not screw on tight, just loose.

  3. I love reading your blog. :) Do you ever sit still? I bet you even crochet while walking around busy cooking, gardening, reading or whatever. You're amazing. When do you leave on the boat?

  4. I'm glad you like the blog! It's fun to do. I do not sit still, not this time of year. I leave on the boat Monday, so I want everything done before I go.