Monday, February 20, 2012
Sunday was beautiful and mild with bright sunshine, Kathryn and the two girls were on the plot early to begin the big dig, I arrived later and we set about transforming last years potato patch into this years onion beds, alliums follow pops in the rotational scheme of things.
It always amazes me that no matter how many times or how deep you dig you will always find more spuds that were missed and some still come up through the subsequent crop!
1st onion bed
In the foreground are the overwintering onions or what is left of them after the birds. The other beds have green manures and we can leave these beds for another few weeks.The lush green one is Landsberger,it did go in earlier than the other two which are sparse enough
Red Duke of York, a first early in their egg trays to 'chit' it is the method of sprouting the pops before planting to give them a head start. They are covered with the fleece to deter pests and in case of frosts.
The onion beds covered with netting in case the birds think they are worms peeping up!
Troy, good tolerance to bolting of medium flavour
Setton, high yielding ,long storage variety
Snowball, white, mild flavour and stores well
Red Gourmet, sharp strong flavour,
Jermor longue, true french long shallot, rose coloured flesh
Hyred, early cropping, mild flavour
I gave all of the beds a feed of Seaweed enhanced organic manure to give them a Spring boost.
We are still debating garlic maybe we would have better luck with a Spring planting variety than we have had with the Autumn planted ones in previous years.
The girls are bigger and stronger this year and wielded forks and rakes without a bother, Sinead moved wheel barrows of sods etc up to the dung heap in double quick time! They both planted up pots with primulas for a bit of colour on the plot.
There were a few plotters out in the sunshine whipping their plots into shape and it is nice to meet up with old friends again and discuss the new season.
Thank you for your comments on the previous post and one evening this week I will set aside to visit some old friends online.