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, December 13, 2012

Moth Balls

I am getting tired of the dog barking so much!!!!!

Mr. Adams' trick for keeping bears out of a hunting camp is to put out moth balls.  Apparently the smell of moth balls is repugnant to bears, so I have followed his example and put them around the garden to keep the bears away from the ducks and so far it has seemed to work.  The moth balls last longer if they are out of the weather, but even then they only last about 6 months.  I had refilled the containers not too long ago, but in light of our new "problem" it occurred to me that it might be a good idea to fill them up again and add some new weather-proof stations in the wooded area, closer to where the bear seems to be. I had Mr. Adams pick up some moth balls from the local hardware store and today he helped me set them out.

First I cut the tops off of cat litter jugs that I pilfered from the recycling center, and then Mr. Adams nailed them upside down to a few trees.

I was his assistant...

Then we cut off some old socks, filled them with moth balls....

...and nailed them to the tree inside the jugs.

The last time we had a problem bear in the neighborhood Lucy went hoarse from barking so much.  She barked for 36 hours straight!  We put out some fresh mothballs and within an hour she stopped barking.  That bear never did come back.  We'll see if it works this time.

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