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Growing Them in Black Hills


Roxy Hunter starts tomato seeds indoors. She assembles her equipment: a seed germination heat mat (available at greenhouses and hardware stores), a rack large enough to hold the flats, lights and a supply of pots in graded sizes for transplanting before setting out.  
     She has learned not to rush the season. According to her records, she planted between April 6 and April 15 and achieved germination in three to four days. All were transplanted into larger pots twice or three times. The plants, with terrific root systems and compact healthy top growth, were set out (after six to 10 days of hardening off) the first week of June.  
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How To Store Potatoes For 20-Plus Years

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If 20 years sounds like a long time to store potatoes, then it might surprise you to know that “fresh” potatoes in the grocery store are often 11 months old when you buy them. Modern developments in commercial food storage allow growers to store produce with a chemical (1-methylcyclopropene), which extends the shelf life of vegetables.

 

Of course, fresh potatoes won’t last 20 years, but you can dehydrate them to get that kind of long-term shelf life while maintaining nutritional value.




Now save carrots for 20 years with a dehydrator