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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Little Of This And A Little Of That.........

Things are still busy here at the U-pick Garden, but not as hectic as they were earlier. And, there are not as many vegetables left to pick, so I have decided that Saturday, August 30 will be the last day the garden will be open.

Here's a little bit of what's been going on around here, in-between rain storms of Biblical proportions, that is.....

My good friend, Ardel, has a pet Peking duck named, "Lily". Lily is SO friendly! She loves to be petted and she follows Ardel around just like a dog!

Ardel and his parents brought Lily over for me to meet her. She took a swim in the duck pond while she was here, and I think she really liked it!

How adorable is that?!

As for my ducks.....there's been a little of this going on.

Hey, don't judge me....ducks are delicious.

The Tayberries are ready. The Tayberries is a cross between a Raspberry and a Blackberry. It is the closest thing to a Blackberry that we can grow here in Sitka. Sometimes customers pick them thinking that they are Raspberries....and boy, do they get a surprise when they eat one!....they're VERY sour when they are still red! When they are ripe they are almost black.

The second planting of Lettuce is up, beautiful, and ready to be picked.

I've picked about a ton of these.......Red Huckleberries. I usually get two 5-gallon buckets full off our property each year. They make a great extender for my Raspberries...I use them 1/2 and 1/2 for my jam.

The ducks discovered how to get into the carrot row recently.....

They don't eat the carrots, but they root around in the dirt looking for critters, and they trample down all the foliage as they go.

It reminds me of the story of the parting of the Red Sea.

I think I will repost this photo again, just out of revenge.....

There, that felt good.  

There are Morning Glories blooming in the sunroom right now. They are SO beautiful! It's too bad the blooms only last for one day.

Well, it's Saturday night and it's starting to rain again, so I think I will crawl under a quilt on the couch and relax for a while while I plan on what needs to get done NEXT week!

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