Pam Olsen

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DAFFODILS AND TULIPS DON’T MIX

This is the season for early bulbs to start or maybe even finish blooming. My Tulips are just starting to bloom now, buy my Daffodils are going strong. There is nothing better than a fresh bouquet of flowers from your garden on display in your house. So there is a couple of things to remember […]

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More Snow !!!

Wow, what a surprise this morning, about 2 inches of snow. My tulips and crocus are okay after the snow. I guess the snow really isn’t that cold, not like a -20 winter day. Both the bulbs, leaves and blossoms can stand both snow and cold. It is unbelievable how hardy they are !!!! Here […]

More Snow !!! More Snow !!!

Flower Surprise !!!

As I was walking out to get the mail today, I had the most pleasant surprise. The crocus’ by the sidewalk are coming out and they look terrific. Here are a few pictures of them. This is a picture of a flower called Glory-of-the-Snow or Chionodoxa, it is in bud getting ready to bloom. It […]

Flower Surprise !!! Flower Surprise !!!

Picture a Day

Today is my sister’s birthday !!!!! Happy Birthday Kathy !!!! I hope you enjoy this picture.

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Picture a Day

Do you know what time the sun comes up? I didn’t either until early one morning, I happened to see the sunrise. I knew there would be some ‘color’ but I didn’t have any idea there would be this much orange. Next time you have a chance, get up early and enjoy a sunrise. It […]

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Picture a Day

I love frosty mornings!!!!! Winter isn’t my favorite season. It is too cold and snowy for me. But when I have a chance to take pictures of things with frost on them I get excited. Here are a few frosty pictures. The first one is rose leaves. I guess roses can add beauty to the […]

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Bouquet a Week

This year I am going to have a very lofty goal. I learned to love flowers from my Mother, and I think it would be great if I could have a new bouquet of flowers each week. The thing that makes this hard is that the bouquet must be from flowers that I have grown […]

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  • TYPES OF GARLIC, HARDNECK SOFTNECK

    Posted on April 22nd, 2018 Pam No comments

     

    This is one clove from a very large Musik garlic.

     

    This is a Musik garlic

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What is hardneck and softneck garlic.

    The neck of the garlic is where the stem comes out of the center of the bulb.  The hardneck has a hard stem and the softneck has a soft stem.
    1. Hardneck
        A hard neck garlic usually has fewer cloves and only one layer of cloves.  In my opinion, this is great for cooking, because the cloves are larger and easier to clean.  A hardneck will have a scape growing from the center. Typically scapes begin to apear in late May to early June.  It is best to trim the scapes when they are about 15″ long and use them in cooking.
    2. Softneck
       Softneck garlic can have up to 18 cloves per bulb.  The cloves will be smaller and usually there are two layers of cloves and a center clove.  They typically do not grow scapes, but may grow small baby garlic called bulbits on the stem. It is best to remove these and use them in cooking, these will be full of flavor so use sparingly.
    At ‘On The Sunnyside’ I sell these varieties in August:
    Inchelium  – Softneck, mild flavor with just a hint of hot. 10-20 cloves per bulb.
    Early Italian – Softneck, spicy. Easy to grow and stores well.  15-20 cloves.
    Korean Red – Hardneck, hot, very hot.  6-8 cloves, easy to peel.
    Spanish Roja – Hardneck, rich earthy flavor.  8-12 cloves,
    Musik –         Hardneck, hot and spicy. 4-6 very large cloves, excellent storage.
    Chesnok Red – Hardneck, known for great flavor, great for cooking or baking. 10-12 cloves.
    Just a note on how to store garlic.
    It is best to store at 55 to 60 degrees, in a dark place ,but not damp. Store in a paper bag. DO NOT STORE IN A REFRIGERATOR, it may sprout and lose flavor.
  • HYACINTHS IN WINTER

    Posted on January 26th, 2018 Pam No comments

    These Hyacinths are called Pink Pearl, one of my favorites.

     

    These are called Blue Star, three growing in a small bowl.

    Here are a collection of different hyacinths, so pretty.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    HYACINTHS (growing in water)

    Hyacinths are so fun to grow in the winter time. They give us a sneak peak of spring and they have the sweetest fragrance. When growing bulbs inside during winter and early spring it is called ‘forcing’. It is a process of making the bulbs bloom ahead of schedule.

    Here are a few ideas of how to care for Hyacinths growing in water.
    1. Rinse with clear water every week, carefully rub the roots to clean them and if necessary clean the bottom of the bulb.
    2. You may want to clean, replace, or add more pennies to the bottom of the vase, (the pennies help the water stay fresh).
    3. Putting the Hyacinth in the fridge will help it last longer or slow down the growing process. However, be careful not to freeze the flower.
    4. After the bloom is finished, trim the blossom stem and continue to water the bulb. This encourages the leaves to grow and the leaves give much needed energy back to the bulb. Hyacinth bulbs can then be planted in the garden in the spring, (with the leaves intact). It may take a year or two for it to recover enough to bloom again.

    Please feel free to call me with questions.

    ‘ON THE SUNNYSIDE’
    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, ID 83406

    208-406-1243
    pamolsen@prophoto.bz
    www.pamolsen.net

  • Quick Tip #5

    Posted on October 4th, 2015 Pam No comments

    ROTATING NIGHT SHADE VEGETABLES

    Potatoes, Tomatoes and Peppers are all members of the night shade family.

    When rotating a garden consider these three as one group, so it is best not to plant potatoes next year where tomatoes were planted this year and so on.  So rotate all of them to new areas.

    This is difficult if you have a small or large garden. But if you give it some thought you can develop a plan next year that will work for you. It is best to work on a three or four year rotation.

    Another quick tip about the night shades, it is best to remove all produce and vines from the garden.  Do not dig the vines under or compost them.  They may contain fungus or unhealthy spores that may linger in the soil or compost.

    NOTE:  it is best to make next year garden plans now because it is easy to remember where all vegetables were planted this past year.

  • Quick Tip #4

    Posted on October 1st, 2015 Pam No comments

    Expecting a light frost on your garden?

    Turn on a sprinkler before you go to bed that night, ( I use a rain bird, it covers a large area).  If the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing very far, the frozen ice actually protects the plant from the frost, (REALLY).  I usually wait until noon to turn the sprinkler off, make sure the sun has warmed up the plants thoroughly.

    If the temperature is around 20 degrees this will not help, but if the temperature is 28-32 degrees this should help.  I use this trick in the spring also, it works on fruit trees too.

    NOTE:  If you plan on turning on the hose, leave it running a little so the hose isn’t frozen when you want to turn it on at night, (I put it on a fruit tree, it need the moisture this time of year).

  • Quick Tip #3

    Posted on September 14th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Time to give tomatoes a hair cut!!!!

    Trimming tomatoes this time of year helps the ripening process. With less vines to rob energy, more energy can go to the tomatoes and they will be larger and ripen quicker.

    Be careful with bush tomatoes, trimming to many vines will cause sunburn on the tomatoes themselves.   It is always safe to trim the lower branches and the vines that are unhealthy.

    NOTE:  trimming with scissors will leave the branches with a clean cut, they will heal faster and prevent disease and bug intruders.

    NOTE 2:  This also works on peppers.

  • Quick Tip #2

    Posted on September 9th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Have skunks or raccoons in your corn? I have used this tip for years and it really works!!!!!!

    I use an old radio and set it to a talk station.  I turn it on at night and off in the morning and no skunks or raccoons!!!!!!!  Really!!!!!!!

     

  • Quick tip #1

    Posted on September 7th, 2015 Pam No comments

    When dead-heading petunias, remove the blossom and the small container that holds the blossom, (it is called the receptacle). This receptacle will become a seed pod and will continue to use energy to create seeds.

    Dead-heading in this way ensures the flower spends all of the energy to creating blossoms, not seeds.

    Note:  it is best to use scissors to to dead-head to create a clean cut, which prevents torn stems and discourages diseases.