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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 #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!!!!!!!

     

  • 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)

     

     

     

  • 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.