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, November 13, 2014

Putting The Garden To Bed

I've been busy, busy, busy since getting back from Florida. It feels like Winter is coming on fast. The ducks know it's coming on too...they have been laying a few eggs every day, but today it finally happened......

No eggs.

The weather has been sunny this week.....but it's getting pretty cold outside, so I've been trying to put the garden to bed for the Winter. And if that isn't keeping me busy enough.... it seems that we are having a water drainage problem. For a while there was so much standing water that it looked like a water pipe had broken, but when the sun finally came out the standing water started to slowly disappear. I think the ground was just so saturated from the relentless downpours we've had this year that it simply had nowhere to go. I wonder if anyone else in town has been having problems like that?

Anyways, today I pulled up the last of the Beets and Turnips,

And most of the Carrots....

The rest of the Carrots I mulched with straw to keep them protected during the Winter.

Unfortunately, the Celery got frozen....I was just a couple of days too slow getting it harvested. It's sad to see it all end...the garden was very good to us this year.

Now it's time to start planning for next year!


  1. Can you keep carrots in the ground all winter? I just figured that it would be too wet and they would rot! ?

  2. If the bed is raised and drains well the carrots will keep fine all Winter! Just mulch heavily with about a foot of material like seaweed or straw. Whenever you want carrots just pull the mulch back and dig up the carrots and then replace the mulch for the rest of the carrots.