I’ve Planted My Onions!

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Vegetables | Posted on 24-09-2013

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Hey everyone – did you have a good weekend? The weather forecasters in our area got the forecast wrong – which was great, because I was expecting rain and it didn’t come. It meant me, hubbie and the kids got to sit out in the garden all day Saturday and all day Sunday.

 

Actually hubbie was the only one who sat out (typical!). I planted stuff and the kids ran about like crazy, wild things, which was great because they went off to bed at 8pm on Saturday night (and actually requested that they go to bed!!) and hubbie and I got to have a glass of wine outside. I’m lovin’ our garden life

 

To keep you up to date, I planted radishes, kale and onions this weekend. I think the onions are going to come in really useful. I mean, what dish do you make that doesn’t include onions?? I use them in soups, for stews and casseroles, on top of burgers and steaks – you get the picture.

 

My old Uncle Jim actually likes to eat onions raw, like an apple you know? I’m not so keen on them raw (your mouth tastes like garbage for days afterwards…), but Uncle Jim swears he hasn’t had a cold in 20 years and he says it’s because he eats a raw onion a day every day.

 

I researched lots of tips and advice on planting onions, as I do really want mine to work. I’m growing my onions from sets (or bulbs) rather than seeds, as apparently that is easier for beginners – and I’m definitely a gardening newbie. Onion sets need less soil and less soil fertility, and they don’t get attacked by mildew.

 

Whilst I’m growing them, I’ve got to weed the onion beds regularly, and I should feed them with liquid fertiliser and water them when the ground is dry. I also need to cut off any flower stems which appear, as the onion plant should be using its energy to grow the bulb and not the flower.

 

OK – it sounds sorta straightforward and I’m really hoping it will produce great results. I read up about the soil in my area and it says that we have really good, rich soil which is great  for growing veggies.

 

If any of you reading this blog are good gardeners, I’d really love it if you could give me any advice about onions – oh, and kale and radishes too!

 

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