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, February 15, 2015

A Small Step Forward

It's time to start up the garden again! First things first, clean and organize the sunroom.....

Oh dear. That's a daunting task. It's hard to believe that it looked like this just a few short months ago....

There were still a few tomatoes hanging on for dear life. I hadn't watered those plants for at least 2 months....amazing!

The winter was so mild here that the Rosemary survived.

The Basil, on the other hand, did not. No surprise there.

Okay, so I didn't clean the whole sunroom....just made enough space to get the February seeds started. Tomatoes, Celery, Leeks, Cilantro, and Green (Bunching) Onions.

Next, I bleached all the trays, lids, and pots.

Ahhhh.....nothing says, "Spring is here and full of so many possibilities", like a fresh box of popsicle stitcks!

Almost all of the Tomatoes I am starting are for Penny out at Garden Ventures. You can be looking for those to hit the shelves in May or June.

This year I'm starting something new that I read about in one of Elliot Coleman's books. I'm growing Bunching Onions....their called "Green Onions" in the grocery store.

He plants the seeds 10 to a soil block.

Looks crowded, doesn't it?

They grow in a bunch, you transplant them out in a bunch, harvest them in a bunch, rinse them in a bunch, and then sell them in a bunch!

I'll let you know if it works.

That's all for now....the rest of the seeds will get planting in March.

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