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

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Enlarging My Borders

Well, it's that time of year again........time to build a new row.  And what do I do when I want to build a new row? Call Carolyn, of course!

She can swing a pick ax.........

She's strong enough to pull up Salmon Berry roots......

She's willing to chuck an endless supply of rocks into a trailer with a smile on her face........

AND, she can back up a trailer like nobody's business!!!!


I, on the other hand, drive in forward only!

The area we were working up had a lot of rocks in it. One rock in particular was quite large....

Maybe too big?

No way!!! The two of us worked and worked, and worked on it. We managed to dig out around it, roll it carefully down the hill, tip the trailer down by balancing the load and lifting the tongue up in the air, and rolled that baby into the trailer!

Have you hugged a giant, dirty rock today?

 Of course we had a big crowd of interested spectators the whole time........

We found lots of large earthworms during our excavations that they were delighted to eat.

And here is the finished product!

Next we moved all the tubs of potatoes into place......transplanted some leeks, and planted radish seeds...

We removed the row cover from the Pea tunnel and placed row cover over the new row....

And with the little bit of space we had left, we planted some of the Raspberries that had been displaced.

The plan is to continue to build more rows in the following years for the Raspberries. The "patch" method just hasn't been working for me, so I am really looking forward to having them organized in rows.

It feel so good to have that huge project done............thanks Carolyn!


  1. your welcome
    maybe we can get those other rows later this spring

  2. love the pictures at a distance - showing the finished rows. That is a lot of work and very organized.

  3. Honey, have you seen my 'supersuit'?

    You both should be wearing a big 'S' on your shirts! The garden looks great.