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

Monday, June 25, 2012

Slow Day

Today was a slow day at the u-pick garden.  That's okay gave the spinach and lettuce some more time to grow!  I pulled weeds in the cabbage/kohlrabi row and mulched it with seaweed.  There is not enough food in that bed this year, I messed up, but the seaweed mulch will perk it up a little bit.

I also checked on the compost pile and found it reduced by quite a bit...

So I stuck a fork in it to see how it was doing and look at what came out!!

HOLY SMOKE!!!  Don't worry, it wasn't hot enough to catch on fire, but it was hot enough that I went ahead and "flipped" it instead of waiting a full week.  I flip my compost piles from one bin into another instead of stirring it.  Stirring that big of a pile is totally impossible.

As wonderful as the greens have been, they have been getting a little boring, so I peeked under the row cover to see how things are coming along. 


This strange plant is a cross between a cauliflower and a broccoli.  It's called "Veronica"...

Weird yet beautiful!  I ate a few tiny turnips today too.  They were pretty good. 

Even though it was a slow day it was a good day.

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