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

Sunday, August 3, 2014

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!!!

There's so many wonderful things happening at the garden right now....







And Tomatoes! ..........are just a few of the things.

But the most wonderful thing of all is...................The Garlic is ready!!!!!!!!!

And is it beautiful!?!?!?!?!!

Here's a little tutorial on how to pick garlic....


1. Choose a Garlic plant that is mature. That is kind of hard to has alot to do with what kind of weather we have been having. Normally, a mature plant has more dead leaves than live ones.

2. Place a trowel about 4 inches from the Garlic stalk. Be sure the trowel is exactly straight up and down, not at an angle, and shove it down into the ground as far as you are able to reach.

If you shove the trowel down at an angle you will probably chop the Garlic bulb in half.

3. Pry the trowel up with one hand while you pull up on the Garlic plant stalk with the other hand.

 I had to use my other hand to take the photo

4. Knock the majority of the dirt off the Garlic bulb with the trowel over the garden bed.

5. Trim the roots with a scissors to about 1 inch long.



6. Cut the Garlic stalk off with a sharp knife, leaving a stump about 3-4 inches long.

7. Blast the dirt out of the roots, and the soggy outer layers of skin off the bulb with a spray nozzle.

8. Spread the bulbs out in front of a fan to dry.

The best place for final storage is a dry, cool, dark room with a fan running to circulate the air.

"Music" is my favorite hard-neck variety....

Garlic is now on sale here at the U-pick garden for $3.00 a bulb.

p.s. I kept the biggest ones for myself.

Sorry.................not really.


  1. One of my favorite gifts ever was when you brought me that garlic bulb last summer. That thing was amazing! Can't wait to get some growing here!

    1. You definitely need to plant some this will change your life!!!!