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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


I'm always amazed at how important water is to me. It seems that everything I do requires alot of water. Laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, animals, and plants all require a steady stream of water. One of the rooms in which I use a lot of water in my house is the sunroom. But the only source for it was a faucet near the floor with a hose that had a spray nozzle attached to it. It was not very handy. So, way back in 2012, I decided to install a bona fide sink. You can read the exciting story about how I found my sink  here.

Well, as with all my projects, I had great intentions, but it took awhile to get around to actually installing the sink. In 2014 I finally got started, and succeeded in selecting the location, mounting the sink on the on the wall, and buying and installing a faucet.

Then I built a false front using old homestead posts and boards.

I think it turned out really cool!

 I love the "shabby chic" look.

Next, it was time to install the drains.

Levi was home on Spring break and offered to lend me a hand.....

Parts and pieces were everywhere.

Mr. Adams helped too...

Good job, Mr. Adams!

Then came the nasty job of crawling under the house to install the drain.

Well, that part was done! So far so good.

Next it was time to plumb in the water. And..........that's where I got hung up again. That was just a little bit out of my comfort zone, and Mr. Adams was busy with his own the project got put on hold again for awhile.

Then finally, this past weekend I made a call and got someone who knew what they were doing to come over to give me a hand.

And look at this!


A fully functional sink with running hot and cold my sunroom!

I am MORE than excited! Now I can wash the dirty eggs in the sunroom, rather than in the kitchen sink. And I can water my seedlings with warm water instead of freezing cold water from the hose. It seems like a small thing, but to me it's huge!  I love my "new" sink!

1 comment:

  1. Your sink is finally fully functioning!!! Looks awesome but the part that caught my eye was the drainage plumbing-wish the plumbing under my kitchen sink looked that great! Evonne