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, April 12, 2013

Secret Recipe Of 11 Herbs And Spices

Today was beautiful, so I was finally able to finish the carrot row side supports and start sifting the soil. Sifting soil is a job for the  "Super-Sifter!"

This is the deluxe comes with side boards so I can "charge" the wire with straw to hold the dirt in, and the sifter is on hinges so I can simply lift the handle on the side and dump the rocks into the wheelbarrow. I think I should go into the manufacturing business, don't you?  Ha, Ha.

If you turn and look in the other direction you see the daunting task I face... foot in front of the other, remember?

As I sift the soil I'm adding other great stuff to it too...kind of like Colonel Sanders' secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices, but it's seashell sand for the calcium and drainage.....

Beach mulch that was collected last Fall for the low-nitrogen organic material and decomposed leaves...

And a layer of starfish for the phosphorus....

Yum, Yum!  Well, maybe not so much, but it sure makes for some delicious carrots!

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