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, April 22, 2013

Poor Man's Greenhouse

Well, Mr. Adams and Ron flew back to the boat to go back to work, and I am down in Oregon visiting my Mom and Dad for a few days, but before we all left town I put the boys to work helping me move the pea tunnel. 

Every year I rotate the peas to a different row. They could be grown in the same spot, but they do so much better if they are grown in a different spot each year. Unfortunately, the tunnel is not easy to move, and I didn't have a lot of time, so the guys very kindly agreed to help me.

Once the peas are planted they MUST be covered with row cover or the ducks and other tweety birds will find them and eat them all. Don't ask me how they know they're there, they just do. Usually I cover both sides of each side of the tunnel with a narrow strip of row cover, but it is SUCH a pain. So, this year I just covered the entire thing! Now it's like a greenhouse. You just go in one end and it's easy to water and weed!

It's a poor man's greenhouse!

I soaked the peas overnight and planted them the next morning. Right before I got on the plane for Oregon.

Thanks guys!


  1. looking forward to seeing pretty pictures of your garden again - I will just go back and look at the pics from last years - Thanks for the blog - love the pics.

  2. Mmmmm, garden studs, do they hire out?

    1. HA! HA! Garden Studs, I like that!