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, June 17, 2014

The Last Straw

The ducks have been driving me crazy! Up until about a week ago they had been pretty good, but then all of a sudden they started getting into everything! It all started when I uncovered the Lettuce and Spinach....

The fencing on that particular row has 2x4 inch openings - large enough to allow the ducks to reach their head and necks into the row 12 inches.

I didn't mind it at first - a little snacking is allowed. 

But then they really went to town!

And the ducklings discovered that they were small enough to fit through the fencing completely and they started snacking away.....eventually they just took up residence in the Spinach.

Oh, and there was a lot of this...

The last straw was that they absolutely would not leave the Lemon Sorrel alone. I COULD NOT KEEP THEM OUT OF IT NO MATTER WHAT I DID!!!!! It was just nibbled down to the ground. For some inexplicable reason it had become just irresistible.

It was just time....time to lock them out of the I put up a fence.

Once the fence was up things became calmer and the ducks seemed to be behaving nicely.
And then, today, I cleared some brush out of the area where they are now living and I found this.....

ARRGGHHHH!!!! It never ends! The last thing I need is more ducklings.....they're eating me out of house and home!

1 comment:

  1. The chickens ate Brian's first planting of corn seed. The next night he put wire baskets over all the seed he planted. The baskets got pushed out of the way. The third night the wire baskets got put over the planting and lumber put on top of the baskets. For some reason he calls them my birds. I'm not the one who brought 48 chicks home. Every chick I have purchased is in a pen.