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, February 18, 2013

It's That Time Of Year

Seed starting time! Leeks, tomatoes and celery....

 But first....

What a mess!!! It took most of the day, but I finally got it into working order...

The day is over for now. But the pots are soaking in a bleach water solution, and tomorrow I will actually plant the seeds!


  1. If you start seedlings this early - how to you keep them from getting too spindly?

  2. After they germinate I reduce the temp in the room. I also rotate the trays a couple of times a day to get them to lean one way and then the other. Temp is the main thing

  3. I'm thinking of trying to grow Territorial's celery 'Redventure'...have you heard any feedback on this variety...good or bad?

  4. I have never grown it myself. A friend of mine here in town has - Eve Grutter. I don't think Florence Welsh grows it. I have the impression it has a stronger flavor and keeps into the winter better?