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, January 9, 2014

10 Random Tidbits

1. The weather is pretty mild here right now, but a month or so ago we had some snow, and I couldn't help but notice how pretty it looked in our wrought iron door mat.

2. The steroid injection did not seem to help my shoulder. The general consensus seems to be that it's a torn rotator cuff. A second visit to the doctor resulted in another injection.....

...and a referral for an MRI.

3. If you don't cut back all of your primrose foliage before Winter sets in, and the temperature drops below freezing, and it thaws back out again, the ones you missed will turn to mush and look like this....

Gross. Cut back your primroses in the Fall.

4. Leeks don't seem to mind cold weather. These leeks have been in this pot for months, through freezing weather and rain, and they still look great!

5. Levi's bear came back from the tannery. The hide looks great, but I think the face looks so hilarious and goofy at this stage! It's on it's way to the taxidermist now.

Oh my, I just noticed that in this photo it looks like the bear has horns.......HA!

6. Sometimes when I crochet my knees get really hot

I wonder why?

7. And speaking of the cat, the other day he found the cozy Alpaca baby sweater I had just made, and he claimed it for the rest of the day.

8. After suffering another rejection by Leisure Arts, this time for my crochet mitten designs, I decided to write up my own patterns and try to sell them online at . It takes quite a bit of work to write up a crazy person's methods in madness, so I am feeling quite overwhelmed. When you write up a pattern, every stitch has to be accounted for and you can't just hook into random places at a whim... every stitch has to make sense. Today I spent the whole day in front of the computer.

Crochet is math, and math is not my strongsuit.

9. No matter how long you garden, every gardening season there seems to be a new random, weird thing that shows up, either an unusual bug or weed, or some strange plant formation. This last year there were tomatoes growing on our potato plants (seed pods)....

.....and these strange brown mushrooms.......everywhere...all over town!

10. Mr. Adams and Levi each asked me to write my recipes down in books for them for when they are cooking away from the house....

Easier said than done. Once again, it takes quite a bit of work to write up a crazy person's methods in madness. I am not a very precise cook. I remember one time I was showing Levi how to cook something in the kitchen and he said sarcastically, "I just love how you don't measure ANYTHING!"  

Wish me luck.

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