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  • Gardening Tips

    Posted on January 29th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Heirlooms vs Hybrids

    I don’t know everything about Heirlooms and Hybrids, but I do know they each have their place.

    1. If you want to become self relient you should learn how to save your own seeds but only from Heirlooms.
    2. If you want to plant the newest and latest vegetables plant Hybrids.

    3. If you want better flavor, plant Heirlooms.
    4. If you want vegetables to keep longer and stay firm (for example tomatoes) plant Hybrids.

    5. If you want vegetables that can adapt to where you live plant Heirlooms.
    6. If you want vegetables that have always grown the same way, plant Hybrids.

    7. If you want to plant Heirlooms, they require a little research, your knowledge can grow from a little study.
    8. If you want to plant Hybrids, just buy the seeds each year and plant.

    9. If you want to save money from the cost of seeds, plant Heirlooms. The first packet of seeds you buy may be your last.
    10. If you are not worried about the cost of seeds, buy Hybrids year after year.

    11. If you plant Heirlooms make sure you only plant one specific type so they don’t cross-pollinate.
    12. If you plant Hybrids, plant any variety anywhere,

    13. Heirlooms are resistant to many diseases.
    14. Hybrids can be resistant to diseases.

    15. Certain Heirloom seeds have been around for Centuries.
    16. Certain Hybrids are only a few years old.

    17. Heirlooms are true to form. The pioneers used the same seeds year after year.
    18. Hybrids are not true to form. You need to buy the same packet year after year, if you can find it.

    19. Heirlooms require planning, you need to plan how much to plant, where to plant, when to save the seeds and how to store the seeds.
    20. Hybrids require less planning, just plant the seeds and harvest the crops.

    21. I guess you can tell I like Heirlooms better, but I just can’t help it. In my oppinion, they ARE better.
    22. But Hybrids do have their place. For example, the wonderful, sweet corn I plant is called Serendipity, it is a Hybrid. It is the sweetest corn I have found, and it stays sweeter longer in the garden.

    If you have questions, please comment. I would love to hear from you.
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  • Batteries

    Posted on January 28th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Did you know camera batteries die (or have the power drained from them) when the weather is cold?
    So it is a good idea to carry extra batteries in your pocket to keep them warm when you are shooting in cold temperatures.
    Today my camera battery died after being outside for less than 30 minutes. But lucky for me, I did have a ‘warm’ one in my pocket.

  • Thoughts to Think About

    Posted on January 26th, 2010 Pam No comments

    Garden every day.
    –Pam Olsen

    Do something that has to do with gardening every day.
    Read up on gardening, study gardening books, research on the Internet, talk with gardening friends or play in your garden every day. Notice I said play instead of work, I consider time spent in the garden play – not work.

    Just like anything you want to become better at, work at it each and every day. Even if it is just for a few minutes.

  • Picture a Day

    Posted on January 25th, 2010 Pam No comments

    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 world all year round. The other two pictures speak for themselves.

  • Gardening Tips

    Posted on January 22nd, 2010 Pam No comments

    Today is January 25, 2010. Has Spring Fever hit you yet? Here are a few things to consider this week.
    1. Order seed catalogs. There are so many to choose from but here is a place to begin your search: Internet garden catalog list , this list has over 1000 catalogs in catagories or listed alphabetically.
    Then when you receive your seed catalogs begin to order seeds. If you want to plant peppers, they should be planted by the first of March. So you do have time to begin to choose your seeds.

    2. Plan your garden, decide what to plant where and what changes you want to make. Take out pictures and notes from last year and work on any changes.

    3. Do you want to learn how to save seeds this year? Remember, use only Heirlooms and isolate them from other like plants. Learning how to save seeds is a process, you can learn more about it in catalogs, magazines, books and on the Internet. And don’t forget your gardening buddies.

    4. Plant something new this year, it will be fun. Let your children try something new too. As usual, I will try about 30 new and different plants and 15 new gardening techniques this year. I can’t wait to get started!!!

    5. Begin a garden log. Put your ideas, plans, pictures, information and dreams here. Next year when you begin your garden plans you won’t be disapointed. The cool thing about taking pictures is that if you have your date set correctly in your camera, you can refer back to the picture (go into properties on your computer) and know when you it was taken.

    6. Garden every day. Research, plan, dream, work or think about your garden each and every day. This way your garden won’t overwhelm you and you can have a very sucessful garden.

  • Did You Know?

    Posted on January 21st, 2010 Pam No comments

    The first Christmas Card was printed in 1875 from Massachuetts.

  • Recipe a Week, Food for a Lifetime

    Posted on January 20th, 2010 Pam No comments

    French Farmhouse Garlic Chicken, Candice Young, Recipe #1

    4 small skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

    ¼ tsp salt

    ¼ tsp pepper

    1 TBS cooking oil

    15 cloves peeled garlic

    ½ c white wine or chicken broth

    ½ c chicken broth

    1 TBS lemon juice

    1 tsp dried basil

    ½ tsp dried oregano

    4 tsp flour

    2 TBS white wine or chicken broth

    Rinse chicken; pat dry.
    Season with salt and pepper.
    Heat oil in skillet over med-high heat.
    Add chicken and garlic cloves.

    Cook chicken 2-3 minutes on each side or just until brown.
    Slowly add wine, broth, lemon juice, basil and oregano.
    Simmer covered for 6-8 minutes or till chicken is tender and no longer pink.
    Use slotted spoon to transfer chicken and garlic to warm serving plate, keep warm.

    In a small bowl stir together flour and 2 TBS wine/broth.
    Stir into pan juices. Bring to boil. Cook and stir for one minute more.
    Add more flour and broth for more gravy. Spoon sauce over chicken.
    Serve with potatoes or rice and zucchini if desired.