Tips for Growing Awesome Potatoes

Having been born on the Farm, spent a lot of time in Idaho, and growing up plowing potatoes as a young kid, I have been around all sorts of potatoes my whole life.  What better way to get a blog out there than do one on how to grow some great potatoes!  They really are not hard to master, and once you do, you will be happy you did!  There is probably nothing more american than meat and potatoes.  Let’s cover how to take care of the last part of that statement! Potatoes are typically best grown in a long growing season, that does not get overly hot.  The best timing on growing potatoes is to start basically as soon as the ground is not frozen.  If you can help, use potatoes from you last crop, or from a certified seed potato source.  This will yield the best results, and keep your potatoes from getting diseases,  You basically just need to cut them into pieces, with one eye in each piece of potato.  Don’t let them sit around, just plant them as soon as you cut them up. Your spacing on your potato plants will be varied, but I would recommend for each row doing a minimum of 10 inches between plants.  Any less than that, and you will not get the growth you need.  If you are farther apart than about 12 inches, though, the soil will not get shade from the potato plant above the ground, and the …

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The BEST Things to Make with Your Home-Grown Tomatoes

Well, we all like to garden here, so I decided to put together an article of the BEST home grown tomato foods.  I am quite positive that this will put some ideas in your head for using these in this harvest season.  Take a look below, for some mouth-watering ideas! First would definitely be the Lamb and Tomato Tagine.  This take a bit more preparation than the other things on the list, but it’s payoff is amazing!  If you have never made this, a simple search in google will give you all sorts of varieties on how to make this. Tomato Chutney is another good thing to do with your tomatoes that will take up all of the ones that are at risk for going bad, as the harvest was a few weeks ago.  This stuff will last you all winter long, and then some.  It stores for a long time, and tastes amazing.  The vinegar makes for a long store time, and does wonderful things for the taste buds. If you do not make it a habit to make homemade salsa, listen up.  This is hands down, no questions asked, that the tomato was created in the first place.  This is literally nothing easier than making some good salsa, and there is not a sauce on the planet, as far as I am convinced, that goes with more food items.  Typically, all you need is tomato, onions, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, and maybe some jalapeno peppers.  I for one, need …

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Step-by-step Instructions for growing some great peppers in your garden!

If you want to see the biggest difference between home-grown food and store bought, peppers are perhaps the best way to do this.  They have great nutritional content, add a ton of great flavor, and best of all, they (sometimes) are spicy!  If you want some of the best peppers ever, then here is where you pay attention. Picking the best place to plant peppers can actually make quite a big difference in how they turn out.  Typically, you want to pick a spot where the same plants have not grown the prior years(a great reminder to rotate your garden).  It should be sunny and not too wet.  If your soil is not deep and rich, go ahead and add some compost.  Don’t add TOO much, as excess nitrogen in the soil can cause way too fast of growth. When you plant your pepper seedlings, you will need to prep them for planting outdoors, by exposing them to a bit of the outdoors.  This basically is weaning them off of indoor living, and preparing them to live outdoors in your garden.  If they adapt as seedlings, then they will not waste valuable time after you plant them outside.  When you do this, you can typically expect to see bigger peppers!  When you are in the sixty-seventy degree range, put the seedlings outside for a few hours a day for a week or two, extending the time each day. When you plant, make sure you are not going to freeze or …

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