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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.

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