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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Potatoes and Onions

This weekend I purchased Norland Red , Yukon Gold and Goldrush Russet potato seeds. I generally plant around St. Patick's day. The Norland is a round red skin type that is good for salads, canning and baking. The Yukon Gold is a yellow flesh type that is good for boiling, soups, mashed and baking. The well know russet poatao is the champ potato for baking and making French fries. I jus ordered the Bintje from Seeds of Change. This is an all purpose potato with superb culinary qualities.

I also purchased Red Wethersfield, White Ebenezer and Yellow Stuttgarter onion bulbs. The Wetherfield is a red onion is one of the Renewing America's Food Traditions (RAFT) Grow-out varieties considered to be the red onion Jefferson grew at Monticello. The Ebenezer grows to a mild flavor large onion but is also good for green onions. Stuttgarter Onions are a sweet, smooth and very mild-tasting onion. It is a very common but important onion.

I needed more trees for windbreak and to also avoid chemical drifting and killing my grapes when farmers spray so I ordered more Eastern Cedars. I also ordered 25 elderberry bushes to plant along the cedar for the wildlife and maybe if I am lucky I can get a few berries too.

Lastly, I ordered some sweet potatoes. This will my first attempt to grow these. The Beauregard is the most common variety that out yields the others so I decided it would be a good one to experiment with. I also ordered the Vardaman which is another Heavy yeilder with light skin and dark meat with no strings. It is a bushing type so is good for small gardens.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

About this Blog

This blog will be about my garden beginning in 2010. The planning has been completed and seeds purchased. Today I planted cabbage and chard which are the first seeds I have planted this year. I use been using the Mittleider Method and it has been working extremely well for me although I have gotten a lot of useful information from Eliot Coleman and his book "New Organic Grower". This is where I discover soil block and began using them to start my seeds. They are so much simpler, more effective and less expensive than any other method I have used. It is quite amazing how well compressed potting soil will keep together. Right now I am using only the 3-inch size block.