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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Ducks Are Driving Me Crazy!!!!!!!!

They really are! It all started last August. I had finally let the fence down, but the ducks would not go over the line. They simply wouldn't. I'd chase them, herd them, beg them.....I tried everything. They'd go if forced, but then they'd stand there in a terrified huddle and just wait until I'd leave, and then they would go streaking back to the "safe" zone. It drove me crazy.

There was only one thing to do. I put the fence back up.....

But this time it kept them OUT of the safe zone. This was even worse. They wouldn't even come out of the hutch when I opened the door in the morning for a week or two. I finally had some success when I stopped using scare tactics and started bribing them with treats. That worked until I broke up a large sunflower head for a special treat one morning... that was just too suspicious....they wouldn't go near it.

 steaming hot spent grain from the brewery

They still don't venture out very far, so I haven't taken the fence back down yet.

And then, one day they decided to eat all of the Lemon Sorrel leaves......and I mean, ALL OF THEM!

 Now, the ducks always nibble on plants, and often they will shred the leaves off a plant or two, but this kind of destruction is not so common. And of all the plants.....Lemon Sorrel?!?!?! They're so sour!!!!

And the quacking!!!!!!!!  THE INCESSANT QUACKING!!!!!!! I'm surprised that the neighbors don't complain. They quack to get out in the morning.....they quack to be locked in and fed in the evening....they quack when we turn the bathroom light on....... they quack when we turn the bedroom light on......they quack when we go into the sunroom to get another log for the fire........they quack when someone drives up the driveway......and they really quack when I take a bath.  That's right, when I take a bath. Now, everyone who knows me well, knows I take about a 1 hour bath at least once a week. It's one of my favorite things to do.  But now..........everytime I'm in there they start quacking, and I swear......they don't stop until I get out. I get a headache just thinking about it.

During the cold snap I stopped letting them out during the day. I mean, what's the point? So they can walk out of the hutch 4 feet and sit in the snow? So of course the ducks spent the entire time in the pool, splashing about, and succeeded in freezing the door shut. Oh was going to warm up eventually anyways, right?  Hmmmm, after about of week of that I took a bucket of hot water out there and poured it over the door and got it open for them. They were very happy to get out.....

SO happy that they walked about 6 feet away from the hutch and sat in the snow.

Now, sometimes I wonder why I keep ducks through the winter. Wouldn't it be easier to just butcher them all and start over in the Spring? That way I wouldn't have to stay home feeding my non-egglaying ducks expensive grain all winter. Besides, baby ducks are cute, right? But then, I remember that a duck doesn't lay eggs until they are 6 months old, and experienced ducks are easier to handle than clueless, rookie ducks.

So I guess I'll have to put up with them........but how will I stop from going crazy?!?!?!?!


  1. Dear Crazy,
    I thought I had a good idea. Think of the quacking as people laughing. Laughter is always a pleasant sound. Then I remembered you said they quacked when you were taking a bath.
    Kim Warren

  2. hahahahahahahhaa!!!!!!!!!!!! You crack me up Kim!!!!!!!!!!!!!