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Potatoes – Might be some ideas here

Here it is the end of September and we’ve eaten an entire row of Chieftans and also Kennebecs.  As delicious as Cheiftans are —- the Kennebecs are my favorites, but sadly I dug the last of the row tonight.

I may have mentioned previously that the voles ate EVERY one of my Canela Russets planted in the ground in late May. Fortunately  only  a […]

Potatoes – Harvesting and Storing

Mature Potatoes – Now What?

When potato vines wither and die the potatoes are mature.  They won’t grow anymore. Leave them in the ground at least 14 more days to allow time for their skin to thicken. This is the easiest way for the potatoes to cure. It goes a long way towards reducing bruising and rot in storage.

If for some reason you […]

Growing Potatoes – It’s Hard to Mess Up

Gardeners have planted and grown potatoes a lot of ways. Over 33 years I’ve tried most of those ways.  One thing I’ll tell you for sure, and that is —- it’s pretty hard to mess up. Still, you want to get the best yield you can.

When to Plant

Ideally I like to plant by March 15th, but I let the weather determine the […]

Oven Fried Potatoes – with zip!

There’s nothing like fresh potatoes from the garden.  If you’ve never had your own home-growns you can’t imagine what you’re missing.

There are so many ways to fix them, but one of our favorites is Oven Fried with Olive Oil, dried Thyme, and then Vinegar added after cooking.

If you can’t use vinegar, but all means try just the Oven Fries tossed in the […]

Plan to Succeed - Plan for Backup

You know the principal from being successful in your finances, your career, or your kitchen.  Even in the garden – to insure success –  plan for backup whenever it’s possible.

Every year has a different set of variables no matter where you live.  All it takes is a slight alteration of variables like temperatures, rain, heat, etc. for one crop to flourish more (or less) than it did in previous years.

I depend heavily on my garden as a food source.  Not only does the produce taste better, but it’s much more life giving than store bought food.  To insure that there is always something to eat, planning for backup is part of my routine.  Actually, it’s pretty easy most of the time.

Here are a few suggestions on planning for backup. —–read more—-

Dill Potato Salad

This is a no-fuss potato salad that falls into the gourmet class.  But be warned — it will take straight from the garden ingredients to elevate it to gourmet.

Some weeks ago Bill and I were so hungry for potatoes out of the garden.  I knew it was too early, but I went scrounging around anyway and found enough —- at least for a meal.

Must have been the next day that a friend — who put his potatoes in long before I did — said he was getting wonderful, big potatoes and his wife had made a simple potato salad with fresh dill.  It sounded so good —I’ve been wanting some ever since.

It’s been a long wait, but I finally had enough potatoes to make it.

This is a no fuss potato salad that you can make up quickly. The key is fresh dill and potatoes — both from the garden. —–read more—-

Gifts from the Garden

April 22, 2010


One of the nicest things about being a gardener is the little surprise gifts the garden gives you every now and then.

If you’re in too much of a hurry you may miss them from time to time, but in most cases —–read more—-

Mulching Your Fruits, Vegetables, and Perennials


April 10

Some folks have told me they don’t have an understanding of how to mulch certain vegetable beds.  They reason that the newly emerged vegetables will be mashed by the mulch.

Using crops that are currently planted in my garden (or will be soon) as examples below, I’ve been more specific about just —–read more—-

Soup - Make A Mental Note

March 25

I used my last package of frozen homemade vegetable soup yesterday.  I was tired, short on time and had a very hungry husband to feed so I was extremely glad to find it in the freezer.

The minute our bellies were full I thought about reminding you to make sure you have everything you need in the garden this year to make your homemade soup. You’ll be congratulating yourself on a cold day next winter when you’re —–read more—-