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  • 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 #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!!!!!!!

     

  • Did you know?

    Posted on August 30th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Some vegetables and fruits are best when not refrigerated.  Here is my list.

    1.  Cucumbers, cukes tend to shrink..no matter where you store them, but they shrink less on the counter or cool basement.  They should be eaten quickly anyway!!

    2.  Onions  (dry onions….in a cool dark place, green onions…in the fridge).

    3.  Potatoes  (they go starchy when refrigerated, store in a cool dark place, like a basement)

    4.  Garlic  (fresh garlic from the garden should store 6 months, store in a brown bag open at the top, in a cool place or pantry).

    5.  Tomatoes, believe it or not…I store mine in a tub on the kitchen table with the lid on!!!

    6.  Peppers, peppers don’t have a very long shelf life, wash, dice and freeze if necessary.

    7.  Grapes, wash and store on the counter, easy access for a healthy snack.

    8.  Apples, cool dry place

    9.  Raspberries, when stored in the fridge, they will pick up fridge flavors and they do not have a very long shelf life out of the fridge, wash and process immediately!!!

    10.  Winter squash, in a cool basement, they should store and taste best before Christmas.

     

    As you may know, storing these and others in the refrigerator allows the item to last longer…but flavor will be lost.

  • FREE GARDEN TOUR MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2015

    Posted on August 17th, 2015 Pam No comments

    FREE GARDEN TOUR
    The Farmer’s Daughter Garden / On The Sunnyside

    Join us for a Free Garden Tour Monday 17, 2015.
    CHILDREN WELCOME!!!!!!
    FREE Garden tips
    FREE Garlic samples
    FREE Potato samples

    Get ready for 20 minutes of garden goodies!!!
    1. Take a tour of the acre garden
    2. Seven garden tips explained
    3. Enjoy the flavor of several types of garlic (from mild to spicy)
    4. Choose from four potato samples (Red Pontiac, Yukon Gold, Purple Viking and Rosas (pink outside and yellow inside.
    5. Ask questions about your gardening problems.

    Please tell your friends about this tour, open all day!!!!!
    Check out www.pamolsen.net for more information. This website is updated frequently with vegetables and fruits available each week.

    FOR SALE THIS WEEK
    Lilies, Sweet Williams Starts, Potatoes, tomatoes, beets, hot peppers, onions, applesauce apples and several types of GARLIC.
    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Ammon, Idaho

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz
    208-406-1243

  • August 1, 2015 vegetables/flowers for sale

    Posted on August 1st, 2015 Pam No comments

    Saturday, August 1

    EVERYTHING I SELL IS VERY FRESH AND READY TO EAT!!!!!

    I have available for sale today:

    1.  Yukon Gold Potatoes  (gold centers)

    2.  Purple Viking Potatoes (white centers)

    3.  Garlic — seven different varieties  (mild to hot) varieties include Musik, German Red, Chesnok Red, Spanish Roja.

    4.  Cabbage  (READY NOW)

    5.  Onions  (yellow and white)

    6.  Oriental lilies  (fragrant)

    COMING SOON:

    Tomatoes, peppers

    Whitney Crab apple  (this is a large crab apple, sweet and perfect for applesauce)

     

     

     

  • GARDEN WEEK 14, PLANT TOMATOES AND PEPPERS

    Posted on May 31st, 2013 Pam No comments

    Now is the time for planting tomato and pepper seeds.  They are slow to germinate, so plant them now.  I usually plant them in a flat that has 32 compartments.  The compartments are about 2” square.  Depending on how old the seeds are, I usually plant two seeds per 2” cup.  Then thin them out to one per cup when they are about 2” tall.    Just a note about seeds, if the seeds are expensive, or if you just have a few, only plant one seed per cup.

    If they are planted now, they should be ready to transplant around May 31st.

    Only plant the seeds in a cold frame, greenhouse or inside with a grow light.

    A short note about the use of heating pads.  Heading pads are electric pads that make the flat warm, this allows the plants to germinate and grow much quicker.  Sometimes peppers and tomatoes can germinate 7-14 days faster. I have used them with great success.

    If planting tomato and pepper seeds for the first time, congratulations. You are in for a treat.  I learned so much the first time I planted seeds like this.

  • Week 8, 50 weeks of gardening

    Posted on March 28th, 2013 Pam 2 comments

    Onion sets can be planted now, if the ground is dry enough to be worked.  If large onions are wanted, plant them about 5-7 inches apart.  If small ‘green’ onions are wanted, plant them 2” inches apart.  I usually plant them in a row that is about 12” wide.  I plant about 3-4 across the row. This allows me to have some large onions and pick some for green onions too.  But, a note of caution, it is best to thin out the onions by harvesting the smallest ones and leave the larger ones.  This way they can keep growing so they will be bigger when harvesting in the fall.

    A quick note about garlic.  If your garlic has been mulched, it is best to uncover the mulch gradually.  They will need time to adjust to the colder temperatures and harden in.

    Roses that have been mulched should also be uncovered now.

    Raspberries and Currents can be transplanted now. Raspberries and Currents are dormant now, so this time is the best time to transplant.  They adjust to the transition more smoothly if moved early in the year.  Determine the length and width of the row, taking into consideration that the plants will usually spread.  I just transplanted some today and I planted them about 3′ apart and plan for them to spread 3′ wide.  I planted some ever-bearing raspberries.  They will continue to continue to produce if they are picked regularly.  These raspberries will start bearing the end of July and continue until it snows.  I can’t wait to see how they produce.

    Now is also a good time to transplant trees. Some greenhouses have bare root trees on sale now for a discounted price.  It is best to buy an older tree, one that is 5-7 feet tall rather than plant a young 2-3 foot tree.  An older tree is more expensive, but it will bare fruit sooner.  Sometimes up to three years sooner.

    A quick note about soil. When the ground is wet, it can be compacted and become very hard. Then it becomes too hard to plant or dig in.  ‘NEVER’ walk on soil when it is wet, unless that area is going to be a pathway.  It may be a good idea to determine pathways and always use those areas to walk on.  Stand on the paths and reach across to access the plants when weeding or planting.

    Sometimes accomplishing everything on the week specified is not convenient.  Remember, these are just MY SUGGESTIONS, adjust if necessary, plant earlier or later, according to different areas of the country and of course, YOUR SCHEDULE.

    Jan. 4th Week 1 Order gardening catalogs
    Jan. 11th Week 2 Check out Books & Magazines from Library
    Jan. 18th Week 3 Family survey
    Jan. 25th Week 4 Garden Journal, study gardening books
    Feb. 1st Week 5 Seed inventory, test seeds
    Feb. 8th Week 6 Make a garden plan
    Feb. 15th Week 7 How much to plant
    Feb. 22nd Week 8 Buy seeds
    Mar. 1st Week 9 Plant onion seeds and artichokes
    Mar. 8th Week 10 Trim Raspberries and apply Caseron
    Mar. 15th Week 11 Plant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage seeds
    Mar. 22nd Week 12 Plant flower seeds & herbs
    Mar. 29th Week 13 Plant onion sets, plant raspberry starts
    Apr. 5th Week 14 Plant tomato, pepper seeds
    Apr. 12th Week 15 Transplant broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage if ready
    Apr. 19th Week 16 Plant salad greens, radishes, cress, peas
    Apr. 26th Week 17 Plant melons  & cucumber seeds for transplanting later
    May 3rd Week 18 FERTILIZE when planting melons, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin seeds in garden