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Tuesday Garden Party- Tomatoes And Potatoes

…that was making her complain until she realized: “It could be way worse, my basket I use to pick from my garden could be empty! I was grateful to be able to grow a garden.” And then she wrote, “Thank you for teaching me to enjoy and appreciate everyday…” Ahhh. What a joy to receive emails like this- makes it all worthwhile! *smile* And Sakura certainly has a “cottage mentality,” don’t you think?…


Planting Potatoes The Easy Way

…Then it came time to harvest and trying to find the tubers in all that dirt. I started with a shovel. When more potatoes were found cut in half than not, I moved to a garden fork. Then I had holes in the potatoes. Finally, I just dug around with my hands and a trowel. It was not fun (well, after the initial “I grew potatoes!” feeling faded). And boy, were those potatoes dirty. Then I read in The Oregonian that potatoes could be ̶…


7 Things To Do With Sprouted Potatoes

7 Things to Do With Sprouted Potatoes - An Oregon Cottage

I recently found 5-pound bags of organic potatoes on sale for .99 each, so of course I had to buy two. However, since organic potatoes are not sprayed with a sprout inhibitor, I was confronted with about seven pounds of sprouting potatoes about a week later. You know I try very hard not to throw food away and yet- I don’t want to eat potatoes for the next week, either. Here are some ways I found to use potatoes before t…


Tuesday Garden Party- Fall & Winter Themes

While its true that our vegetable harvests are winding down, I want to remind all the lovely Garden Party participants and my readers that the Tuesday Garden Party is not only about vegetables! It’s about all things garden related. Personally, I’ve loved getting some great ideas for decorating, new recipes, and plant names that I’ve written down that I want to grow next year. But I do know that with the weather cooling down, o…


Reader Garden Before And After-Tuesday Garden Party

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Hello, friends! I’m excited today to share with you a reader’s garden- complete with before and after photos. This is part of the lovely email I received from Kelly: After reading about your garden for a year now, and seeing all the produce and canning……I was finally inspired to try One More Time!  I live up in Damascus, Oregon, lots of berry farms, cow pastures, and nursery growers all around, and every year I wo…


Tuesday Garden Party- Favorite Garden Books (Hint: Gift Ideas!)

Today we’re talking favorite garden books. I wouldn’t be the gardener I am today without all the books I’ve read and learned from through the years. I did not grow up gardening or surrounded by gardeners, so I’ve found books to indispensable for guidance and inspiration. Here are some of my favorites, with links if you’re interested in buying them or giving them as a gift ( and yes, the links are through my affilia…


Vegetable Garden Series Part 1: Get Started Gardening

10 Basic Steps to Starting a Vegetable Garden - An Oregon Cottage

Welcome to the first post in our organic vegetable gardening 101 series where you’ll learn a little about my gardening history and then be able to get started gardening with 10 basic steps. My goal with this series is to arm you with inspiration, knowledge, step-by-step instructions, and tips I’ve learned so that you can grow your own food. I want to emphasize that it does take time (although you can decide how mu…


Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Garlic and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes- An Oregon Cottage

Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes are our family’s favorite mashed potatoes in the whole world. I can’t remember the last time I made regular mashers. Who knew adding garlic and a bit of sour cream could make such a difference? I made the potatoes pictured with regular peeled russets, but when I make them with yukon golds or red potatoes I leave the peels on, mash them a little less and call them “smas…


Kelly’s Garden Update – Tuesday Garden Party

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Hey there, gardening friends! Do you remember back in May when I shared this photo in a TGP post about Kelly’s garden before and after? She had sweetly emailed me to let me know that she had been inspired to try gardening again, but this time using raised beds and permanent paths for an easy care garden. Well, a number of you commented that you’d like to see the beds all planted so Kelly took a few current pictures and sent them to…


Top Tools for Gardening {Ready…Set…Garden!}

…orite tools (a term I use rather loosely – ‘item’ might be closer to the truth) that I use for gardening. The tools I’m recommending are both normal and maybe a bit unusual. My only criterion was that it had to be something I use every season – sometimes all season long. Oh, wait! Before we get to the tools list, let me take a minute to remind you that NEXT WEEK is the first Tuesday Garden Party of the 2013 Season!!…


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