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

Sometimes I'm Smart

It was a beautiful day today!!  I loved it, but I did sweat alot today.  There's always a lot of bugs, so it's tough to wear short sleeves..oh well, you can't have everything.

Made another trip to the beach today...harder to find salmon than it was yesterday...but I got enough.
This time I got smart and left about 6 inches of head space at the top of each bucket and then topped them off with beach mulch.  AMAZING!!!  No smell, no flies...why didn't I think of that earlier?

Most of the stuff went in the pea row- next year's spinach and lettuce row.  First I pulled up all the peas and layed them in the row. OH, now the ducks are interested!

 Peas are legumes and they work with bacteria in the soil to pull nitrogen out of the air and store it in nodules on their is a small sample..sometimes they get form HUGE masses!

At the end of the plant's life the nitrogen gets stored in the greens, so that's why I leave the plants in the row.

Next I laid a line of used straw down the sides along the inside of the fencing to keep things contained, then wheelbarrowed in a generous amount of horse manure, then laid down a layer of salmon carcasses and then topped it off with about 10 inches of beach mulch.  Later I will add more seashell sand and next Spring I will move the pea tunnel to the next row over. 

I didn't carry around my camera today, so no shots of the finished row, but I think you get the idea...I wonder if I will have the energy to get another load tomorrow.  My mind says "yes" but my body says "no".

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