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Post  CapeCoddess 1/9/2014, 10:44 am

After one more snow fall tomorrow morning, we've got a warm up coming! 
 cheers 
My plan is to clean out my gardens and spread compost, in the rain if need be.

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Post  CapeCoddess 1/10/2014, 5:26 pm

At least all this snow is good for something else beside watering the gardens:

Lemon snow ice cream is delicious! 4-5 cups (clean!!) snow, 1 c milk or cream, 1/2 c sugar, 1-2 t lemon (vanilla) extract, stir and serve immediately. Yum!
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I used vanilla instead of lemon, almond milk in place of cream, stevia in place of sugar.

Bug topper, anyone?  Wink 


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Post  walshevak 1/10/2014, 7:56 pm

I love my snow cream. Favorite of my childhood and of my kids. We didn't always get that much snow, so it was a treat. As soon as it started snowing my kids would get my old enamel roasting pan, top and bottom and set it out to catch snow.

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Post  Goosegirl 1/10/2014, 10:03 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:At least all this snow is good for something else beside watering the gardens:

Lemon snow ice cream is delicious! 4-5 cups (clean!!) snow, 1 c milk or cream, 1/2 c sugar, 1-2 t lemon (vanilla) extract, stir and serve immediately. Yum!
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Grasshopper Sundae with an ant on top!

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Post  lyndeeloo 1/13/2014, 9:58 am

Snow cream looks great. Will have to try that with the next snow storm. Been out of touch during the holidays. Hoping everyone had wonderful holidays. Wishing a happy and healthy 2014 to all. Looking forward to spring and missing the scent of warm earth.
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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 10:12 am

Uh oh. I have been waiting all year to order Fedco's potato onions in the spring, and now I find out they won't be offering potato onions this spring!

Does anyone know another spring source for potato onions?

I don't know why these are so hard to get. They are the perennials, self-multiplying, and supposedly they are THE onion that the early settlers used. I'm really anxious to try them.

[CC, that snow cream looks delicious!]
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Post  boffer 1/14/2014, 11:02 am

NHGardener wrote:...
Does anyone know another spring source for potato onions?...

Shipping Sep-Nov only:

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange:

More info on potato onions:

https://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t8388-friday-rookie-topic-xiv-potato-onions
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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 11:46 am

No.....! I will not survive until September without potato onions.

If they're such a great onion (and everyone seems to be enamored with them) then why aren't there more suppliers? Especially if they multiply all by themselves.

Well, maybe this is a business opportunity. Growing potato onions to sell. Obviously there is a shortage in the marketplace.

I'm still not giving up hope for a spring find somewhere.....
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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 12:36 pm

I have to check back, FEDCO may have them. They do have shallots, a type of multiplier onion. http://www.fedcoseeds.com/forms/mt36_cat.pdf

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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 12:39 pm

Yeah camprn, I emailed Fedco this morning and they said no. I re-emailed them and asked them why, interested in a response.
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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 12:48 pm

NHGardener wrote:Yeah camprn, I emailed Fedco this morning and they said no. I re-emailed them and asked them why, interested in a response.
They are probably sold out. I hope it wasn't crop failure. Besides I think it's a fall planted crop.
http://www.territorialseed.com/Multiplier_Onions

These folks may have some for spring. http://heirloomonions.com/?page_id=11

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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 12:55 pm

I really hope I hear a response from them about why they are not offering the potato onions this spring. The reason I have been waiting until spring is that spring is when Fedco sells theirs, and they are listed in the tubers catalog, but the entry states: See our website for possible availability. When I couldn't find them on the website, I emailed them, and the response was: We will not be offering potato onions this year.

WHHHHAAAAAAA.

And yeah again, that link provides multiplier onions, and I do have a few of those plants, but they're not bona fide potato onions, which sound dreamy. So why, why, why, and I still say this is a good business opportunity to sell these if they are so hard to find. How hard can they be to grow?
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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 1:06 pm

Yeah NHG, it's just the wrong time of year for the potato onion.
http://heirloomonions.com/?page_id=79

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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 1:30 pm

Yeah, but spring is the time of year when Fedco sells them, and that's where I was really hoping to get them from.

I'll look around and see if there are other suppliers - if Fedco sells in spring, maybe someone else does too.

Just wish they would elaborate on why there are no potato onions this year.
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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 2:20 pm

NHG, place a wanted post in the seed traders forum


It seems that everyone has availability in autumn only.
https://www.mainepotatolady.com/productcart/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=8

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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 4:18 pm

Ooh, nice link camprn, thanks!

If I have to wait till fall I will, but geesh, I could've planted these last fall if I had known that.

This looks like the kind of business I was thinking of. Good for them!

Isn't it interesting that that site also says: "Limited quantities. Order early."
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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 5:02 pm

NHGardener wrote:Ooh, nice link camprn, thanks!

If I have to wait till fall I will, but geesh, I could've planted these last fall if I had known that.

This looks like the kind of business I was thinking of. Good for them!

Isn't it interesting that that site also says: "Limited quantities. Order early."
LOL, yes, I wonder if you can order them now for september delivery. I bet it's a good business to be in, the multiplying onions thing.

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Post  CapeCoddess 1/14/2014, 5:16 pm

Speaking of onions, at year end I pulled my little sets that never grew big so I could plant them this year.  They are sprouting now in the basement in their airy net bag. 
Any suggestions?

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Post  camprn 1/14/2014, 6:12 pm

CapeCoddess wrote:Speaking of onions, at year end I pulled my little sets that never grew big so I could plant them this year.  They are sprouting now in the basement in their airy net bag. 
Any suggestions?

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Hang on tight to them, if you can put them in a colder place until the ground can be worked (April in your location) you can replant them and get onions this coming season. Feed them well in their early growing stage.

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Post  NHGardener 1/14/2014, 9:43 pm

Guess where I found a spring source for potato onions?

eBay!

 lol! 

And not only spring, but now.

I don't think I can resist this.
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Post  camprn 1/15/2014, 6:49 am

NHGardener wrote:Guess where I found a spring source for potato onions?

eBay!

 lol! 

And not only spring, but now.

I don't think I can resist this.
link to seller?

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Post  NHGardener 1/15/2014, 8:48 am

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Heirloom-Yellow-Potato-Onions-Half-Pound-bulbs-Free-Green-Mountain-Multiplier-/261366637468?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cdaaa639c

The only question is whether that potato onion is the same type that will grow well in the northeast. (they are in northern CA)
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Post  camprn 1/15/2014, 11:54 am

OOOOOH! Green Mtn. Multiplier! Nice!!

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Post  CapeCoddess 1/15/2014, 12:53 pm

Thanks for the link, NHG.  Mine are shipping out tomorrow! Very Happy 

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Post  NHGardener 1/15/2014, 1:05 pm

camprn, I had never heard of green mtn. multipliers before. What makes you like them so much?
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