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

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Garlic Is Planted

I finally got my Garlic planted yesterday.

Two different hardneck varieties:

Music - my favorite because the cloves are large, but not too large, and most of the time there are about 5 cloves per bulb.

And Georgian Crystal - a close second with super large cloves but only about 2-3 cloves per bulb.

I'm actually starting to think the Georgian Crystal cloves are just a little bit too big....I mean...holy cow!

BTW: For the past few years I've been calling this variety "Bogatyr" or "Bogarty" by mistake.  Some sort of mix-up when it was given to me the first time. A local expert recently corrected me....she could tell just by looking at it that it was actually Georgian Crystal.

Anyways, they are all tucked in their bed now....ready for winter.

All of the large cloves were planted using about 9 inch spacing, all the medium cloves were planted using 4 inch spacing, and all of the small cloves were planted using 2 inch spacing. And the whole bed is mulched with seaweed and leaves gathered from the beach.

Yum..................I can't wait for next year!

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