Friday, April 28, 2017

Potato Planting Lesson - Plus Potato RECIPES

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Potato Planting Lesson (Plus Potato Recipes)
I know that buying potatoes in a grocery store is very affordable, however, nothing compares to the flavor of homegrown potatoes! Not to mention the fact that they will be healthier (no pesticides) and the joy that the growing process will bring to you.
Today I am sharing with you the easiest way to grow potatoes - in a compost pile.  I have many compost piles in my yard - the kitchen waste compost has a special bin, but the grass clippings & fall leaves go into my potato growing compost section. (growing potatoes in last year's straw is also an option).  By growing potatoes in a compost pile the "mounding" step that is required when growing in soil is eliminated. 

There are 3 steps: preparing, planting & harvesting.

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Prepare the Potatoes & the Ground
Have you ever noticed, when you buy a bag of potatoes in the grocery store - occasionally you will find an older potato that has a little bud or eye on it? - Well, this is the beginning of the potato plant.  In the past I have planted "old" potatoes that I bought from the grocery store but I recommend buying "Seed Potatoes" from your local greenhouse or nursery instead.  This year we bought three 5lb bags of three different varieties (Yukon Gold, Kennebec and Red Skin).

Preparing the Potatoes
Before planting your "seed potatoes" - you must first:
1.  Place the seed potatoes in a paper bag and set them in a warm place (60 to 70 degrees F.) with lots of sunlight.
2.  Keep them in this warm place for about 1 to 2 weeks or until you notice the "eyes" or "buds" sprouting (see the picture collage that says "Prepare").
3.  Now you will need to cut each potato into "sets".  Whenever you see an "eye" (or bud) - cut just below the eye (see that same picture collage above).  Now I have 2 potato plants from 1 Seed Potato.  From some of the larger potatoes you might get 3 or 4 plants.  Continue cutting until you have completed the entire bag of seed potatoes. 
4.  Place these cut "sets" in an open and sunny area (NOT in the paper bag).  Wait 2 more days before planting to allow the cut side to harden or "leather."

Preparing the Ground 
We have two compost potato patches.  Last year we made a raised compost potato patch but that is not necessary.  Our first patch is simply a pile of leaves/grass from the previous fall season (it has been "wintered over").  Spread these seasoned composted leaves so that they create a level surface (it should be at least 6 inches deep).  Now your "ground" (compost pile) is ready for planting.  

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Plant
After the potato seeds have been prepared - plant each prepared seed potato about 4 inches deep and about 6 to 10 inches apart (see picture collage above).  Cover these seed potatoes with compost (or dirt) and water - it will take about 2 weeks before the plants start peeking through the compost.  You might need to add more compost throughout the summer (last summer I did not add more compost & they did just fine, however the year before I did add extra - it just depends on the weather.  If you start to see potatoes[not the plant but the actual potato] poking through the top then you will need to add more compost).  Now it's up to the potato plant to grow.

NOTE:  If you are planting in soil - then you will need to mound or plant them in hills/furrows.

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Harvest
How to harvest Potatoes:  You can see the progression in the pictures above.  The plants must be light brown in color and the stem should look dry before harvesting.  First, using a potato pitch fork, dig about 6 inches away from the brown plant.  Then gently push back on the handle of the pitch fork (therefore lifting the potatoes out of the soil/compost).  And, the last step is the most fun - I get down on my hands and knees and dig for the delicious fresh treasure.  Dust off the dirt and ENJOY!!

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In the growing season of 2016 we grew many varieties: Red Skin potatoes, Yukon Gold, Kennebec, Russet & Blue Heirloom potatoes (click HERE to view more about the Blue potatoes).  Please enjoy the following potato recipes.

(click on each title below to view the entire recipe/post)

Potato Bacon Spinach Chowder
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Baked Potato Dinner - 4 Toppings



Making Real Mashed Potatoes
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Layered Quiche Loaf with Mashed Potato Crust
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Oktoberfest Kale & Potato Casserole




Leek & Potato Soup



German Vanilla/Chocolate Loaf Cake Made with Potato Flour
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Ham, Asparagus & Potato Pancake Stacker




Cheesy Scalloped Ham & Potatoes Squared
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Kale & Bacon Potato Patties





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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #63

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#63 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge last year, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for a resolved issue.  I am thankful beautiful Spring rains that will bring May flowers.  I am most thankful that I can trust God every second of every day.

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"Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist........" Ephesians 6:13 & 14

This was a series on becoming a Christian soldier.
Read: Stand With the Belt of Truth

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Half of our potatoes have been planted and the tomato plants (started indoor) are looking good.  Also, the lilac bushes are almost in bloom

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- Here are my Follower stats:
GFC (Google Friends Connect) - 2,271
Bloglovin - 4,319
Twitter - 6,696
Pinterest - 5,948
Google+ - 2,290
Facebook - 4,442

Linky Followers - 109
Networked Blog - 1,243

Activate - 574
That's a grand total of 27,892 followers in some form or another (which is up 19 from last week).

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I originally shared this post about 4 years ago - we have some crazy squirrels around my house:
Circus AcroSQUIRREL
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #209

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #209!
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Good Morning and Welcome to another No Rules Party!

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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 

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My Features this Week are:


1. "More Stencils = More Signs" by a Vintage Green
2. "The Blossoming of a Gerbera Daisy" by Gentle Joy Photography
3.  "The Ultimate List of Road Trip Food"  by Kapp's kitchen




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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

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Enter for your chances to win!

Part of the Mother's & Father's Day Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Strawberry Blonde Sunflower Variety

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(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )
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Monday, April 24, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (April 2017)


I can't believe how fast April has flown by!  Next Monday we will start the May "STAR" hop.
Thank you again for joining us!
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WELCOME to the April "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:


Tiny "Giant Sungold" Sunflower Variety
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the April "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the March "You're the Star" blog hop)

Make Your Own Air Fresheners by Feathers in the Woods
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 Easy S'mores Brownie Bites by This Autoimmune Life
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Easter Slime by Curly Crafty Mom
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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