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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Project Potato

About a month ago I cut back the Potato foliage and covered the whole row with black plastic to help them dry out a bit so the Potato skins would cure for better storage. Finally, we were able to harvest them, wash them, let them dry out, and bring them indoors so we could sort them. (Although I have read that it is best if you DON'T wash the potatoes before storing them, I find it best if I DO wash them before storing them.) We ate some, we sold some, and we selected the best candidates for seed stock and stored them in the boat's cargo hold, and here's what we have left....

I think it's enough to feed us through the Winter. I grew 4 different varieties....

The ever favorite, "Yukon Gold".....

Original Russian Fingerlings that the Southeast Alaskan Indians have grown for years known as "Rose Finn"....

"Cranberry Red" originally given to me by my good friend, Evening Star Grutter.....

And my personal favorite, "Inca Bell" given to me by my good friend, Florence Welsh.

Yum, Yum.


  1. What is a good size/condition to save for seed potatoes?

  2. I'm not an expert...but I've heard that you can use small ones that have several eyes- that's what I do. I don't think you need to use large ones. I like ones that are about 2 inches in diameter. Here in Southeast Alaska it's best to use whole potatoes rather than parts and pieces of potatoes for best results. Use the healthiest spud you have. If you don't have some healthy ones of your own then buy certified seed from a reliable source.