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How to overwinter potato starts?

I had some store bought potatoes that had started to sprout so I stuck them in the ground.
Now I have harvested some super delicious and creamy potatoes.
I have a small pile of tiny potato-lets I'd love to plant next spring, but how can I overwinter them?

Patiofarmers' Guild

Hi all,

I hope that this is allowed and if it isn't, please let me know and I'll delete it ASAP.

I just wanted to let you know about my new website, http://patiofarmersguild.com for anyone who is interested in organic gardening/farming and self-sufficiency in small or unconventional spaces. It's part blog, part forum, part resource guide and hopefully much more. It's very new but it's worth a look and I'm hoping that it'll keep growing with time. I'm also always looking for contributors, so if anyone is interested in writing an article or essay, passing on a tip or idea, reviewing a relevant book or even just adding pictures of your own patiofarm, I'd love to hear from you. My email is pfarmer@patiofarmersguild.com

Again, I'm not trying to break any community rules, so please forgive me if this isn't allowed. I'll be happy to delete it. Thanks so much for your time and I hope to see you on the forums!

Kelly the PatioFarmer

x-posted a bit.


I apologize if this is too dumb to post here.

Briefly: I'm in a CSA in the summer and am also a farmers' market junkie. We're also in a meat CSA from a local ranch that gets us ten pounds of open-pastured meat a month. I'm also a teacher and had the whole summer to put locally-grown foods up for the winter in our deep freezer.

And now I find myself overwhelmed by the contents of said freezer, and still relying heavily on ordering food instead of cooking whenever I'm tired, which is too often.

I've posted an entry in my journal listing what we have. It's enough to feed a small army, I think, and can easily last us for a few months.

What I'm putting to the group are the following questions (really cries for help):

1) What's NOT on the list that you'd still be buying on a regular basis? (We do get weekly dairy delivery from a local farm, and are part of an organic veggie co-op in the winter.)

2) How long do you think this stuff will last in a house with two adults, a toddler and a mostly-breastfed infant?

Basically.....just any suggestions? Cross-posted to pollanesque and locavore_world


I'm from PA and am definitely into responsible consumerism. Even before I read any novels dealing with said subject, I was always into buying locally. The market price VS store price is outrageously cheaper and of course, it tastes so much better.

I actually have a zine where I'm writing an article on the benefits of buying locally and all of that good stuff.

Before I head back to college to pursue some sort of major involving animals and the environment, I plan to "farm hop" and jump from organic farm to organic farm to learn the processes and all of the hard work that goes into so that I can someday have my own organic farm or garden.

Anyway, I just figured I'd jump in and say hey to everyone :)

NYC/Brooklyn CSA's


I live in Brooklyn, NY and I was hoping to join a CSA sometime in the next month or so. I was wondering if anyone here is a member of a CSA or could suggest a CSA for me to look into. If you are a part of a CSA, what are the pros and/or cons? Thanks a lot!
Hey everyone! Just thought I'd post this in case you haven't heard of Barbara Kingsolver's big win.


Have a great weekend! We're going to the FM tomorrow so hopefully I'll be able to chat about a nice local meal soon. :)

Canning question

Hi! In my efforts to eat locally year-round, I decided to give canning a try. Today, I canned pickled asparagus. I'm not sure if the seal worked on one of the jars and was hoping someone here could give input. The top does not pop, but it seems some of the brine got out when it was in the water bath. There isn't as much liquid in the jar now. All of the asparagus is still immersed, though. Is this jar still good to put into storage or should I plan on eating it sometime soon? If a picture would help, let me know.



Hello, all. I'm new to the Community and new to trying to live a more responsible lifestyle. Just a few months ago I was lucky enough to move into a neighborhood within walking distance of not one but two farmer's markets: South Wedge and Monroe Village (both in Rochester, NY).

I saw a few posts ago people were talking about farmer's markets. Here is a great website to find one in your area, in addition to farms, CSA's, and organic restaurants.

And to add on to that post about what goodies I got there, the Monroe Village is not open yet, but the folks at South Wedge are wonderfully friendly. This past weekend I went camping with some folks and our big treat was organic Delmonico steaks. One of the regular treats though is Pappardelle's Pasta. I recommend the tomato basil.

I look forward to learning more about reducing my carbon footprint and leading a healthier life by buying local produce.

Container Garden Pics

seftiri mentioned it yesterday, so I thought I'd link you to some pictures.

I took nine pictures of my balcony container garden today; it's overcast outside, so they're kinda dark (and lame). Sorry. You can see them here. Please ignore the lame make-shift table. It's a door-like section of wood covered in a shower curtain, lying on plastic storage bins that are stacked on chairs. It's what I had and it works. :P

As seftiri mentioned, I reuse just about anything I can. Pepsi can bottoms, sour cream containers, gallon milk/water jugs, Gatorade bottle bottoms... the list goes on and on. I particularly like clear-ish containers so I can see when the plant needs repotting. I mostly use my small make-shift containers as seed starters, but the bigger ones also play the role of regular planters when I don't have the money or the motivation to buy actual pots. I also use 2-3 gallon milk/water jugs to store rainwater, since it conveniently runs off the roof close enough for me to capture it from the balcony.

The full list of what's out there!Collapse )

I've concentrated mostly on cooking and tea herbs, because they're so useful for us; plus, when I spend my time on plants I want something more out of it than just flowers. ;) I'm pretty satisfied with the selection, considering the size of the balcony.

While I surfed the internet yesterday I found a few garden related links I thought I'd share:
Even the vegetable garden can yield beautiful photos
Turn your junk mail into garden mulch
Culinary Herb Guide
Herb FAQs - Information gathered from various herb newsgroups

French Breakfast Radish Sandwich

Barring the bread and the butter, I just had two very local sandwiches for my lunch. (I am already sourcing local bread and local butter, don't worry!)

Herbed Butter and French Breakfast Radishes on Toast

Mix half a stick of softened, unsalted butter with fresh herbs to your taste. (I used dill, lime thyme, and sage.)

Wash and slice several French Breakfast radishes.

Add herb butter to toast, layer with radishes, salt to taste and eat!

My other sandwhich was local black currant jam and butter on soft bread.

Now here's another question:

Now that gas prices are getting steeper and the buying power of the common US$ is getting weaker, what are you making at home rather than purchasing pre-made?

Are you making your own pasta, your own bread, your own toothpaste? Your own shampoo, your own household cleaners, your own shaving cream, your own soaps? Your own icecream, your own Oreo-type cookies, your own chocolate candy? What indulgences or practicalities are you making with your own recipes rather than purchasing pre-made...

I'm considering making one day a week be my pasta and bread baking day. I'm also considering making our own toothpaste (we have so much mint on the porch, we should use it for something other than tea and simple syrups!) and we're making some homemade strawberry sorbet for a dinner with my parents next week.

Just want to find out what everyone else is up to on this front!