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

Sunday, April 14, 2013

When The Tide Is Out The Table Is Set

The weather was beautiful again today, so before church this morning I headed to the beach......It was low tide and I needed to collect more stuff.

I am always amazed and humbled by how good the sea is to us.....the beach is just loaded with good things at low tide....everything we need for the garden - when we need it.

Right now you can get seashell sand (coarse or fine)....

Herring eggs....

Herring eggs on seaweed....

And starfish...

But you have to be willing to schlepp lots of heavy buckets up to the truck.....

And sometimes the beach is slippery or covered with boulders....

I always say that the success of your garden here in Sitka will be in direct proportion to how much seaweed (and other natural amendments) you add to it. And you need to add it every year....because the rain washes it all away by the next season.

So get out there! Explore your local beaches and bring home some of this great stuff! You can't get this stuff in a box........and it's FREE!

(Just be sure to rinse out the back of your truck out with fresh water after you unload it.....Husbands hate it when you don't do that!)


  1. Would you be willing to let some of these pictures be used in a book? Educational book?

  2. Yes, you have my permission to use photos from this blogpost for your book. Please ask for permission before using any photos from other posts.