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  • 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 #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!!!!!!!

     

  • 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)

     

     

     

  • PLAN YOUR 2014 GARDEN NOW

    Posted on October 2nd, 2013 Pam No comments
    Yes I said ‘plan your 2014 garden now.
    Is your garden ‘put to bed?’  Are you tired of gardening now?
    All of these statement my be true, but now is the time to begin gardening…not gardening in the ground, but gardening in your head.
    Make changes for next year, while it is still fresh on your mind.
    My dad called it ‘next year farming’ He realized the mistakes he made or took note of the things he wanted to change for the next year so the ‘next’ year would be more successful.
    So now is the time to note the changes you want to make next year….really!!!
    Sketch a rough garden map and include the changes.  Gardeners rarely plant the same garden every year, they are always making changes.
    Now is also a good time to remember which vegetables were successful and which were not.  Then you won’t make the same mistakes again and again.  Also, if certain vegetables were great producers, write them down so they can be planted again next year. Now is also a good time to take pictures, this will help with the future garden plan too.
    For example if the onions will do better if moved in the sun, plan the new space for the onions next year. If there is still 40 pints of beans on the shelf, plant less beans next year.  If you love peas and want to freeze more peas–make a note of how many more should be planted.
    Try to think of each vegetable separately, and note any changes that may be needed.
    Don’t forget to rotate your garden too.  NOTE: tomatoes, peppers and potatoes all belong to the nightshade family. Rotate them with something else, not with themselves. In other words, don’t plant tomatoes where you have planted potatoes or peppers this past year.

  • ALL I KNOW ABOUT GARLIC, ‘HOW TO PLANT AND GROW GARLIC’

    Posted on September 30th, 2013 Pam 2 comments
     I LOVE GROWING GARLIC, IT WAS MY FAVORITE THING TO GROW EVERY YEAR.
    It is very easy to grow. Here are some steps to growing garlic the easy way.

    1. Only plant garlic purchased from a garden center, commercial greenhouse or me. NEVER plant garlic from the grocery store. The largest garlic I have grown is called Musik, some cloves can be as large as a golf ball.
    2. Plant mid September or early October.
    3. Divide the bulb into the separate cloves. Try to keep the thin paper on the cloves.
    4. Dig a hole or furrow and water well.
    5. Plant cloves 3″ – 4″ deep, pointed side up.
    6. Plant about 8″- 12″ apart. If planting several in one row, stagger the cloves.
    7. Fertilize and cover with soil.
    8. Mulch with grass clippings, leaves, potting soil or straw, I like straw the best.
    9. In the spring, carefully rake off the straw and use it as mulch in garden paths, it helps keep weeds down. It is best to uncover the mulch gradually in the spring. The garlic will be 6″-8″ tall. The leaves will be tender, so uncover slowly over a few days. Uncovering them in the evening is also a good idea.
    10. Water at least 1″ per week, 2″ is better.  Reduce watering as harvest time grows near.
    11. After a few months ‘scapes ‘will grow from the center of the plant. It is best to trim these off when they are about 10″ and use them in cooking. They are great to stir fry or chop and use in any dish requiring garlic. NOTE: not all garlic will grow scapes, usually the soft neck will not grow a normal sized scape.
    12. The scapes are trimmed because they rob strength from the garlic bulb. If left on the plant they will go to seed. Leave on a few plants if you want to save seeds. BUT I DON’T RECOMMEND THIS.
    13. Garlic begins to mature when the bottom leaves begin to turn brown or dry up and the main stalk is still green. This is usually late June to the middle of July. Harvest when three to four of the bottom leaves turn brown and before the entire stalk turns brown. I have found the weather is a large factor and determines when the garlic is ready to dig. For example, in 2015 I started digging garlic the end of June, but in 2017 I didn’t dig in June but late July.
    14. To harvest, use a shovel and dig the entire bulb. Do not leave any garlic in the garden, harvest everything you plant. Allow to dry on a rack, in the shade for two to three weeks. Then trim the top to about two inches and trim the roots to about ½ inch.
    15. Rub one or two paper layers off to clean the garlic. Keep the garlic dry. DO NOT CLEAN GARLIC WITH WATER.
    NOTE: Each garlic bulb will have 4-18 cloves, depending on the type. Figure how much garlic you use and plant twice as much….you will love this ‘fresh’ garlic!!!!
    Did you know 80% of the garlic purchased from the grocery store is from China? It is easy to see how your fresh garlic will taste much better.

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    Pam Olsen
    ‘ON THE SUNNYSIDE’
    208-406-1243
    pamolsen@prophoto.bz