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

Friday, March 22, 2013

Basil Is A Man's Name

I just love Basil........

photo courtesy of Psalm Oines

Unfortunately, it doesn't love Sitka, so we can only grow it here indoors. I haven't been super successful growing it........aphids have been a REAL problem. Last year they took over the sunroom and I could NOT get rid of them. I'de sworn off of evil sprays and tried the dishsoap/water treatment - it didn't work (and who wants to eat soap anyways?). But one day I had just had it so I marched down to the store and bought some organic insecticidal soap.

I. LOVE. THIS. PRODUCT.  The aphids were GONE and the plants recovered and started growing again.

I have big plans for a big Basil crop this year......

I always have big plans..........


  1. Basil is a wonderful herb. Smells wonderful in the hot sunshine -

    1. Is that Sin Sin in your hand?

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