Thursday, March 20, 2014

Seed Saving Videos

Seed Savers Exchange has an archive of educational webinar videos including seed saving from specific plants including tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.  There are also videos on isolation, seed starting and hand pollinating.

Seed Savers Webinar Archive

You will see a YouTube video viewer, in the bottom right hand corner is a square bracket, click on that to make the video viewer full sized.  At the top left hand corner are 3 lines and the word PLAYLIST, click on that and it will show you a list of the archived classes.  Select the one you want to see and click the play arrow.

Also go the following link for other great educational resources.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Potato Onions

We had a great turn out and class on Potato Onions by Kelly Winterton.  Everyone received seed and hopefully planted right away as it's almost too late to plant onions.


Video of the class

Kelly's Website for more info

Monday, February 3, 2014

Things That Work for Me - Overwintering your favorite Basils

I'm not a huge fan of growing Basil from seed - you've probably figured out by now that I'm into EASY!- so I took cuttings from my three favorite Basil plants before the frost in fall, rooted them in glasses of water, then planted them and have kept them in my window all winter, waiting to be planted in the Spring.  They have done very well and even grown quite a bit, I keep them trimmed since I want them to just focus on developing a strong root system for next year.

Things That Work for Me - Window Garden

Part of my winter gardening goes on in my south facing kitchen and family room windows which I have built shelves into.  Above is a picture of my Cayenne Pepper plant which is still blooming and growing peppers as it has been all winter.  A couple of weeks ago I harvested about 40 peppers from it and trimmed it down to help it focus on a small area for the rest of the winter.  I transplanted this from the ground in the fall and will plant it back outside in the spring.  I did the same thing last winter and it's still producing tons of peppers for me!

Next to it is Kale from seeds that I planted a couple of weeks ago.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Potato (or Multiplier) Onions

In February we will having a class on growing Potato Onions by Kelly Winterton who developed large multiplier onions here in northern Utah! These onions grow like garlic, with 2-8 onions cloning from each onion. The onions are 1-3" in size and they store well. You can plant them in the fall at the same time as your garlic, or in the spring. Kelly will be bringing seed for us to grow out, which we can then grow as clones.

If you are interested in getting seeds, please read this booklet now by Kelli to learn about them.

Rockin' Rampicante

I'm falling more and more in love with the versatility of Rampicante!  Tonight I made my favorite lasagna recipe, substituting mandalin sliced Rampicante for the pasta.  So yummy!  Peel the Rampicante, cut into 4-6" pieces or as long as you can slice on your mandalin lengthwise, the thickness should be the same as lasagna noodles, do not precook - stack in your lasagna raw, and use in your favorite lasagna recipe.  Cooking time should be the same as your recipe calls for, I cooked mine at 350 degrees for 50 min.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Companion Planting - Peas

Peas grow well with Carrots, Turnips, Radishes, Cucumbers, Corn, Beans, and Potatoes as well as many aromatic herbs.

Peas do not grow well with Onions, Garlic and Gladiolus.

Pea plants and roots contain large amounts of Nitrogen, so compost them!

Wood ashes used around the base of pea vines help to control aphids.