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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Last year I grew potatoes for the first time and it was SO much fun and So productive that I saved enough seed potatoes to plant twice the amount this year. The key to storing seed potatoes successfully is finding the right place to store them over the winter. They should be stored at about 40-45 degrees F in complete darkness and the air should not be too dry. I had trouble finding the right storage spot, but finally settled on the cargo hold of the boat. And it worked out perfectly! They are in beautiful shape.

Ideally they should be just starting to sprout in March. If they haven't started you are supposed to put them a sunny spot indoors where it is warm to get them sprouting, and then they should be planted outdoors mid-April....Some of mine are already aggressively sprouting....

.......some have sprouts that are an inch or two long....

.....and some have tiny sprouts you can barely see.....

The aggressively sprouting spuds went into the sunroom fridge that is set at about 40 degrees F (An average kitchen fridge is too cold for seed potatoes). The rest are setting in baskets in the sunroom, getting warm and soaking up some sun (well, light anyways).

The neat thing about seed potatoes is that you don't have to save large spuds to can save little ones, plant them whole and still end up with a good crop of spuds... many of them being surprisingly large. Here are some tiny seed potatoes that a friend gave me....

Now those are tiny! Tinier than anything I've planted  I will probably plant 3 or 4 to the tub just to be sure.

I'm so excited about growing spuds this year...I'm more prepared and am looking forward to a grand harvest!

1 comment:

  1. My friend did a test with Yukon Gold potatoes 2 years running. She planted small seed and large seed in separate rows. At harvest, she weighed the results of each row and it was the same, so plant those little babies!