Pam Olsen

Welcome to my new website. It will be both fun and informative. It will have five of my favorite topics: pictures, thoughts, recipes, gardening ideas and did you know? Please enjoy, leave comments, ask questions and visit often.
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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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  • 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.
  • 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.

    Read more articles at my blogs:
    www.pamolsen.net
    www.gardeninglifestyle.blogspot.com

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

  • 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.

  • THOUGHTS TO THINK ABOUT, THE STARFISH STORY

    Posted on March 30th, 2013 Pam No comments

    One day walking along the shore, a teacher and a student came upon a beach littered with thousands of storm-tossed starfish, writhing and dying in the hot sun.  Without a word, the teacher scooped up a starfish and gently deposited it in the waves.

    Overwhelmed by the sheer multitude of the suffering creatures, the student just stood and watched as the teacher picked up another starfish, and jet another, releasing them in the healing safety of the cool green water.

    At last, the student spoke.  “Teacher, what is the use in even trying? There are too many.  How can you make any difference?”

    The teacher lifted another starfish from the burning sand and carried it into the surf to set it free,  Then turned to the student. “I’ll bet it made a difference to that one!”

    –Author unknown