Planting Onions and More Weeds

Ailsa Craig onion plants from Johnny's

Ailsa Craig onion plants from Johnny's

Hard to believe that these will ever grow again.  I’ve always grown my own from seed and always had small (but yummy) onions.  Ailsa Craig, a sweet, large (for others) onion is my favorite.  When I saw that Johnny’s had them as plants for sale I decided to try them.  They arrived on a Wednesday and instructions said do not water, leave in a cool dry place.  They should be able to live for three weeks off the bulb.  So this is what they looked like on Saturday.

planted onions

planted onions

Cleaned off the dry stuff and trimmed the ends again.  Planted in a staggered swath like little solders.  Slightly drunken soldiers but that’s my fault.  Johnny’s suggested an elaborate system of raised beds and a trough running through the middle with a couple of inches of fertilizer in it.  I gave up on that plan when I read that the rows needed to be 36″ apart.  It may grow prize winners but I don’t have that kind of space.

 

As I was harvesting compost from a sort-of pile around the sort-of wood pile; well decomposed for a wood pile at this time; I found another plant where it should not be.  But what a pretty picture!

Bleeding Heart on the woodpile

Bleeding Heart on the woodpile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as a large thistle hiding under the edge of the tarp in the purchased soil.  I don’t have problems with thistle, so expect this is another hitchhiker with that exotic, strangely alkaline stuff.  Notice the finely cut, deep green leaves.  If it were embroidery, you’d have to pay a bundle.  Nature is extravagant.

Thistle

Thistle

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