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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  • 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.

  • Garden produce available September 21, 2015

    Posted on September 14th, 2015 Pam No comments

    CLOSED SEPTEMBER 14-19
    OPEN AGAIN SEPTEMBER 21-26, 2015

    1. Sweet William starts, (bi-annual flowers) $3.00 each.

    2. Five types of garlic available, mild-spicy. $2-$3 per bulb  (hurry, supplies are limited)
    a. Musik, mild, true garlic flavor
    b. Chesnok Red, Medium hot
    c. Early Italian, sweet
    d. Inchelium, medium
    e. Spanish Roja garlic pods 50 cents each (spicy)
    f. Free Sample Garlic, smell the different types of garlic available

    3. Beets, small and medium $1.50 pound

    4. Onions $1 pound. (purple, white, yellow)

    5. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    6. Tomatoes (Large red and small orange)

    7. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads)

    8. Cucumbers, perfect for slicing .50 cents each

    9. Peppers several types of peppers from mild to hot. (Serranos, Cajun Bell, Super Chilli, Cayenne, Jalapeno, Banana, Green Bell)

    10. Red cabbage ready NOW!!!

    11. Plums

    12. Pumpkins (large $5, small $2)
    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

    www.pamolsen.net

  • 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!!!!!!!

     

  • Quick tip #1

    Posted on September 7th, 2015 Pam No comments

    When dead-heading petunias, remove the blossom and the small container that holds the blossom, (it is called the receptacle). This receptacle will become a seed pod and will continue to use energy to create seeds.

    Dead-heading in this way ensures the flower spends all of the energy to creating blossoms, not seeds.

    Note:  it is best to use scissors to to dead-head to create a clean cut, which prevents torn stems and discourages diseases.

  • Produce available September 7-9, 2015 at: ‘On The Sunnyside’

    Posted on September 7th, 2015 Pam No comments

    OPEN Monday-Wednesday, September 7-9, 2015
    CLOSED SEPTEMBER 14-19
    OPEN AGAIN SEPTEMBER 21-26, 2015

    1. Sweet William starts, $3.00 each.

    2. Five types of garlic available, mild-spicy. $2-$3 per bulb
    a. Musik, mild, true garlic flavor
    b. Chesnok Red, Medium hot
    c. Early Italian, sweet
    d. Inchelium, medium
    e. Spanish Roja, garlic pods 50 cents each (spicy)
    f. Free Sample Garlic, smell the different types of garlic available

    3. Beets, small and medium $1.50 pound

    4. Onions $1 pound. (purple, white, yellow)

    5. Potatoes: red, purple, Yukon Gold, pinks and Russets ($1.50 pound)

    6. Tomatoes (Large red and small orange)

    7. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for fresh salsa, salads)

    8. Cucumbers, perfect for slicing .50 cents each

    9. Peppers several types of peppers from mild to hot. (Serranos, Cajun Bell, Anaheim, Super Chilli, Cayenne, Banana, Green Bell, Carmen)

    10. Red cabbage ready NOW!!!

    11. Plums

    12. Pumpkins (large $5, small $2)
    Pam Olsen
    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.
    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406
    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

  • Garden produce available September 1-5, 2015

    Posted on August 30th, 2015 Pam No comments

    Closed Monday

    Tuesday -Saturday

    1. Sweet William starts, $3.00 each.

    2. Five types of garlic available, mild-spicy. $2-$3 per bulb
    a. Musik, mild, true garlic flavor
    b. Chesnok Red, Medium hot
    c. Early Italian, sweet
    4. Inchelium, medium
    5. Spanish Roja, garlic pods 50 cents each (spicy)
    Free Sample Garlic, smell the different types of garlic available

    3. Beets ready now. $1.50 pound

    4. Onions $1 pound. (purple, white, yellow)

    5. New potatoes $1.50 per pound ( Yukon Gold, Purple Viking, Red Pontiac and Rosas)

    6. Cucumbers, perfect for slicing .50 cents each

    7. Peppers several types of peppers from mild to hot. (Serranos, Cajun Bell, Anaheim, Super Chilli, Cayenne, Banana, Green Bell, Carmen)

    8. Tomatoes (Large red and small orange)

    9. Garlic pods .50 cents each (great for salads, roasting or infusing olive oil).

    10. Red cabbage ready NOW!!!

    Pam Olsen

    3210 E. Sunnyside Rd.

    Idaho Falls, Idaho. 83406

    208-406-1243

    pamolsen@prophoto.bz

  • 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.