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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  • GARLIC BITES

    Posted on August 24th, 2016 Pam No comments

    First, a little information about this new garlic.

    Garlic bites are small but intense garlic bulbs, I call them garlic babies.
    The small garlic babies come packed in a pod.
    Inside the pod are anywhere from several garlic babies up to several hundred.
    Sometimes in cooking you will use the entire pod, sometimes just a few of the babies.

    Garlic babies are packed with flavor, use sparingly as the flavor of these baby bites are intense.
    They are useful in any recipe that you normally use regular garlic.
    They come in three sizes, the smallest being rice sized, then medium size, about half the size of a pencil eraser and large size, larger than a pencil eraser.

    When cooking with garlic, the flavor dissipates, so it is best to add them at the end of the recipe. For example, in homemade spaghetti sauce, put two smashed LARGE garlic babies in for the last 30 minutes, you will be amazed at the flavor they add.

    Uses for the rice sized garlic:
    1. Place the entire pod full of rice size garlic in about a pint of olive oil, leave it in the jar for 10 days and the olive oil will be infused with garlic flavor. Perfect to dipping bread or to use for cooking. It is best to place the garlic pod in cheese cloth to keep the olive oil free from loose debris. It will last longer if kept in the refrigerator, use a small amount in a container on the counter-top.
    2. Sprinkle a few in a fresh green salad for a kick of garlic flavor.
    3. Sprinkle 50 rice sized garlic in stir fry.
    4. Smash and use in a rub for roasts.
    5. Eat raw, if you are brave.

    How to use MEDIUM sized garlic babies and LARGE garlic babies
    1. Use about 8-10 medium sized babies or just 2 large babies instead of one clove of garlic.
    2. It is best to smash and peel these larger garlic. (no need to peel the rice sized garlic as the peeling is very tender).

    Store in a paper bag in a cool dry place, such as a pantry. Never in the fridge or damp basement.
    The bites should last from 4-6 months.

     

    ‘ON THE SUNNYSIDE’

    Pam Olsen

    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.

    Idaho Falls, ID  83406

    208-406-1243

  • Garden produce for sale October 19-24, 2015

    Posted on October 19th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday this week.

    SPECIAL THIS WEEK!!!!!   Garlic…buy one get one free

    1. Garlic, Early Italian, sweet

    2. Garlic, Inchelium, medium

    3. Garlic, Spanish Roja, spicy

    4.  Miscellaneous garlic  $1.00 each

    5. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads and infusing olive oil)

    6. Onions $1 pound. (yellow)

    7. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    8. Tomatoes (Sun Sugar small orange super sweet $4.00 large container)

    9. Hot Peppers (Serrano, Cajun Bell, Jalapeno, Super Chilli, Cayenne,)

    10. Sweet Peppers (Banana, Green Bell)

    11. Lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, cress, arugula ($3.00 a box)

    12. Pumpkins (large $5, small $1)

    13. Gourds (.50 cents)

    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

    FIND GARDEN INFORMATION, UP-DATED EACH WEEK AT www.pamolsen.net

  • Garden produce for sale, October 12-13, 2015

    Posted on October 13th, 2015 Pam No comments

    CLOSED WED-SUN, OCTOBER 14-18, 2015

    1. Garlic, Early Italian, sweet

    2. Garlic, Inchelium, medium

    3. Garlic, Spanish Roja, spicy

    4. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads and infusing olive oil)

    5. Onions $1 pound. (yellow)

    4. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    5. Tomatoes (Sun Sugar small orange super sweet $4.00 large container)

    6. Hot Peppers (Serrano, Cajun Bell, Jalapeno, Super Chilli, Cayenne,)

    7. Sweet Peppers (Banana, Green Bell)

    8. Lettuce, cress, arugula ($3.00 a box)

    9. Pumpkins (large $5, small $1)

    10. Gourds (.50 cents)

    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

    FIND GARDEN INFORMATION, UP-DATED EACH WEEK AT 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.

  • PRODUCE FOR SALE: October 6-10, 2015 at ‘On The Sunnyside’

    Posted on October 4th, 2015 Pam No comments

    1. LAST WEEK FOR GARLIC

    Three types of garlic available, sweet-spicy.
    A. Early Italian, sweet
    B. Inchelium, medium
    C. Spanish Roja, spicy

    2. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads and infusing olive oil)

    3. Onions $1 pound. (yellow)

    4. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    5. Tomatoes (Large red $1.50 per pound), last week for Tomatoes

    6. Tomatoes (Sun Sugar small orange super sweet $4.00 large container)

    7. Hot Peppers (Serrano, Cajun Bell, Jalapeno, Super Chilli, Cayenne,)

    8. Sweet Peppers (Banana, Green Bell)

    9. Sweet William starts, $3.00 each.

    10. Lettuce, cress, arugula ($3.00 a box)

    11. Radishes

    12. Pumpkins (large $5, small $1)

    13. Gourds (.50 cents)

    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

    FIND GARDEN INFORMATION, UP-DATED EACH WEEK AT www.pamolsen.net

  • PRODUCE FOR SALE: October 1-3, 2015

    Posted on October 1st, 2015 Pam No comments

     

    1. LAST WEEK FOR GARLIC, SPECIAL: BUY ONE GET ONE FREE THIS WEEK ONLY
    Five types of garlic available, mild-spicy.
    a. Musik, mild, true garlic flavor
    b. Chesnok Red, Medium hot
    c. Early Italian, sweet
    d. Inchelium, medium
    e. Spanish Roja, garlic pods 50 cents each (spicy)
    f. Free Sample Garlic, smell the different types of garlic available

    2.  Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads and infusing olive oil)

    3. Onions $1 pound. (yellow)

    4. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    5. Tomatoes (Large red $1.50 per pound), last week for Tomatoes

    6. Tomatoes (Sun Sugar small orange super sweet $4.00 large container)

    7. Hot Peppers (Serrano, Cajun Bell, Anaheim, Super Chilli, Cayenne, Hungarian Hot Wax)

    8. Sweet Peppers (Banana, Green Bell)

    9.  Sweet William starts, $3.00 each.

    10. Lettuce, cress, arugula ($2.00 a bag)

    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

  • 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).