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

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Salmon Carcasses And Seaweed

*NOTICE:  This post contains graphic photos.  If you have a weak stomach do not look!

Today was the day!  The day to start hauling salmon carcasses and seaweed.  I was disappointed this morning to see that the sun was not out as I expected....of course they changed the forecast.  But, as it turns out I was glad it was cool and overcast....hauling around dead salmon is stinky work, but it would have been way worse if the weather had been hot!

And here is my good friend, Kelly Warren....

We go way back....way back before kids even!!

Wasn't she a pal to help me with such a nasty job?

The fish were not as plentiful as usual and the ones that were there were in pretty bad shape.  I think I might be a week late this year....but there are enough to do the job.

The good news is that there was more seaweed than I expected!  And it's good stuff too...seaweed mixed with leaves and all sorts of other good things minced up into bits...

I love beach mulch... it makes the best soil builder!  And it was so great to have a pickup without a canopy!  It made the job so much easier!!

Thanks for helping me Kelly!

Once I was home with my treasures I set to work layering them in the garden beds...This bed has one side fenced and charged with straw.  I will fence the other side next Spring- it can wait.  It's going to hold broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage next year...

First, salmon...

What's going on kitty?

Second, seaweed beach mulch...

I like the seaweed layer to be about 10 inches thick.  It keeps the smell of the salmon down that way! Later I will add a layer of seashell sand.

I had more salmon than I had seaweed, so I made a second trip to the beach by myself later in the day.  Finished that bed and started on another.  Now it is raining and I am ready for bed...Tomorrow is another day....

1 comment:

  1. I have a weak stomach but I managed to look at the pictures anyway. :) And I wish I could do that to my garden!