Trying out the chainsaw and the new chains. Curing Sweet Potatoes

I got a new B&D 20 volt 10 inch at a great price from Amazon.  I’d say it did a good job on cutting 3-4 inch in diameter logs though it took some muscle power to get through the thicker logs.  I got out the 14 inch electric McCollough with the new chain and Mom and I made short work of some of the logs in the 5-6 inch diameter range.  The extra power and self-oiling chain made cutting the larger chunks of wood much easier compared to the battery powered saws.  I still think the little battery powered saws are great for small cutting jobs and cleaning up the trees around the house but having the electric chain saw power is a huge help on the thicker logs.

The load of Poplar was delivered and I filled up most of my new pressure treated wood racks. I know poplar is not the best firewood,  but it was the best I could get on short notice.  My siding contractor has a friend that delivers both maple and cherry wood at a great price per cord.  Now I have an order for 2 cords of hardwood and that should fill up the wood storage area for the winter.  What I want to have on hand is a mix of soft woods that make a hot, fast fire and hard wood that will burn long and slow through the day/night.  Once the maple/cherry  is delivered I’ll decide, if I should cancel the pine fire wood order.  I don’t think canceling the firewood order will hurt the the people that are delivering the pine as I’m on a 1-2 month waiting list.

All of the ceiling fans are installed and gosh they look really good in the house!  Perhaps it is just me but when I add stuff to the house some times it does not seem to fit with the home.  The  new fans seem like they are in a place and they always belonged in the house.   One thing I did not anticipate is the house is much quieter after turning off all the other small fans.  Adding the ceiling fans and new lighting has made things much more flexible on adding both light and air circulation.  I suspect getting rid of all those small fans will also help on the electric costs for the house.

Mom and I dug up the Sweet potatoes today.  The potato roots were basically a tight ball  so I can see the roots need some room to spread out and a small square foot garden might not be the best choice for growing sweet potatoes.  Did you know that sweet potatoes need to cure once they are dug up?  I didn’t know that when I planted those plants!  The sweet potatoes need 4-10 days of 80 degrees F. and about 80% humidity to CURE or set the Sugars in the potatoes.  Needless to say SW Idaho does not usually have 80 degree heat or 80% humidity in October. What I have done for this is use my small bathroom shower stall. I placed a small electric heater and a small humidifier in the shower and the sweet potatoes in a dollar store laundry basket with a bit of paper to protect the taters.  I have read on the internet about people using a greenhouse to “cure the sweet potatoes” in low heat low humidity parts of the country.  Just a FYI for anyone thinking of growing sweet potatoes in the inter mountain west.   I also think a large mound of a dirt rather than a small raised bed would improve the yield.  We got at best about 8-10 med size sweet potatoes off of 2 of 4 plants planted in a small 4′ x 4′ foot raised bed.  Heck it was an experiment and I can say you can grow sweet potatoes in SW Idaho in small raised beds. But if you want a better yield you will want a deeper than 6-8 inch bed and place your plants further apart than 12 inches.

Last but not least we used the air compressor to blow out several fans and added a bit of  “silicon” spray to the motor parts .  Pulled both of the window A/C units and they will need blowing out and the “vanes” straighten for next summer.  Mom wanted to wash the windows and I asked why when they will be replaced in a couple of weeks.  Lots of changes happening here at Casa de Chaos and even we are playing catch up.

Next week will be about cleaning the garden beds and making new and taller beds to make our work load easier.  The up front costs will be higher but I’ll have all winter to gather supplies.   Now all I need to do is find a place to store those supplies over the winter.

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5 Responses to Trying out the chainsaw and the new chains. Curing Sweet Potatoes

  1. Phil says:

    You sound as busy as I have been lately.
    Winter is coming though, right?
    I wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I picked up 3 cans of Folgers, 30 oz cans at $6.79 apiece I think at Ye Olde Bimart yesterday.
    Chatting with the clerk and she said she was waiting for them to go on sale and was going to get some too.
    “On Sale?

    Bangs head on desk, I thought that was on sale.

    • Jamie says:

      Sorry I’m bit late responding some cashiers know when a good sale is upcoming in a week or 2. I tend to be ahead of most cashiers via on line stuff but it is not a perfect system. On sale! does not always mean you get the best price! You might want cultivate that “cashier” and get a heads up on sales.

      Us humans are mental all about supposed secrets and sharing those secrets. Humans are natural gossips and try and keep stuff secret while spreading gossip and forbidding anyone talking about gossip. Never works out in the end. Eventually the gossip gets out.

  2. Jamie says:

    Fall is a crazy time here as we try to finish up the harvest and get ready for winter. Always a bit hectic.
    Well “on sale” is a relative term. In my area I think I got a good price but you may have a a different set up. This week coffee is up about a dollar + for a 30 oz. can.

  3. Goatlover2 says:

    Yup, that’s why sweet potatoes are great to grow here in Florida! Mine are curing out on my bedroom porch in the warm, humid air. It’s one of the few summer crops I can grow, along with okra!

    • Jamie says:

      At least Idaho does not get many hurricanes, so we got that going for us! LOL Blizzard, wildfires, earth quakes and drought but no hurricanes.

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