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, October 28, 2013


I am always amazed on what a difference a few inches can make.  A plant will do badly in one spot, but once it is moved it starts to do well. Micro-climates make a BIG difference. For instance....

I had a large White Daisy plant that was doing well out in the open, but the rain tended to discolor the flower petals. I wanted to use the blooms in bouquets so I decided to move it under the eaves of the house to protect it a little. Unfortunately the only available spot under the eaves was on the North side of the house...too shady. For 3 years the plant survived but it was slowly shrinking and it would not bloom. Then, about a month ago I moved it 3 FEET to the East.....and the other day I noticed it was blooming!  In October no less!!!!!

That's just crazy! It really proves to me that you should never give up on a plant....just try it in a different spot in your garden.

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