Margaret Lauterbach

Margaret Lauterbach

This year, consider planting sweet potatoes

While you’re planning your garden, think about planting sweet potatoes. They’re very nutritious and easily stored after harvest. In the past, many of us thought of sweet potatoes as southern products, but that’s primarily due to the preferred method of post-harvest curing the sweet potatoes. That curing depends on exposure to 85 degrees F. and 90 to 95 percent humidity for four to seven days. We will not have either those temperatures or that humidity when we dig our sweet potatoes, about October.

Margaret Lauterbach

Plant plants that are nontoxic to wildlife

Gardening and farming are both a matter of co-existing with wildlife, from microscopic life in the soil to the large hooved animals in our area. Those of us who revere IPM (Integrated Pest Management) don’t bother to control destructive insects until the damage becomes too severe to tolerate. Some of us use beneficial insects to control the bad guys. The longer one gardens, the more one appreciates nature.

Margaret Lauterbach

For the novice gardener, here’s primer

Statesman gardening columnist Margaret Lauterbach is taking some time off. She’ll be writing again in January. But she’s checking her email, so if you have questions, email her at melauter@earthlink.net. Meantime, we’re repeating some of her most popular advice.

Margaret Lauterbach

Like onions? Here’s a primer for growing

Statesman gardening columnist Margaret Lauterbach is taking some time off. She’ll be writing again in January. But she’s checking her email, so if you have questions, email her at melauter@earthlink.net. Meantime, we’re repeating some of her most popular advice.

About Margaret Lauterbach

Margaret Lauterbach

The Statesman's weekly gardening columnist, Margaret Lauterbach has advised Treasure Valley gardeners on everything from sowing to composting to coping with the soils, pests and diseases of this unique climate. Send garden questions to melauter@earthlink.net or Gardening, The Statesman, P.O. Box 40, Boise, ID 83707.

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