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

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Day Of Rest

It's so nice to have a day where I don't have to watch the clock....or be ready to help customers...just to go where I want when I want.  The weather was nice this morning but deteriorated slowly throughout the day.  After church Levi and I moved some firewood.  We are trying to make room for a dump truck to get to the back of our property so he can start dumping the horse manure there.  Putting the pile in the driveway wasn't such great idea.  Then I headed to a friend's house for a garden consult and tea!  That was nice!  After that I picked some raspberries.  Even though it was raining....raspberries do not wait for anyone or anything.  When they are ready to be picked they are ready to be picked.  Now I am home relaxing in my chair crocheting socks while watching an old movie.

Things are winding down in the garden, but there are still some plants that are valiantly producing....These are radish pods...

Any radish plant will produce these juicy edible pods if you let them go do seed.  This particular variety is called the "rat-tail radish".  It grows quite tall and is very prolific producing hundreds of seed pods.  The have all the delicious radish flavor without any strong bite.  They produce in the middle of the summer when regular radishes don't like to grow.

I just love these radish pods!

The bee balm is of my favorite flowering herbs...

I love to crush a leaf as I go by...I just LOVE that aroma!

The apple trees bloomed nicely this Spring, but then the wind blew and the temperature dropped and the rain fell and the results were bad...I have 2 green apples this year...

I should just clip them off and give the tree a break because they are never going to ripen.

The tomato plants are producing fruit...but they are few and far inbetween.  I have never been good at growing tomatoes....some years are better than others.  I heard someone say recently that success depends on soil temperature, not air temperature....hmmm, interesting.

That's farming for you...just a mix of success and failure....always a challenge.

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