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 3, 2012


This week I am coordinating state testing for a local homeschool group. That keeps me busy until about noon so the boys hauled out the boat without me.  It was still windy but it needed to be done. 

They did not need me this afternoon so I worked in the garden.  Over the past couple of years I have been trying to build fencing for my rows that will keep the ducks out, keep the dirt in, accommodate u-pickers and withstand the rototiller. I don't like traditional bottomless boxes - they harbor slugs, disease and weeds.  Some fencing has too large of holes and the ducks reach through too far, chicken wire is wimpy, our soil is very rocky so it's hard to drive in fence posts, ducks jump up on top of floating row cover...the problems are endless.  I think I finally have a design that will work, so that is what I worked on today.
 Rebar posts, 2x4 rails and chicken wire fencing.  I had to quit for the night to make dinner, but it's almost done.

I hope it works.

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