It has been a good year for onions indeed. As part of an experiment I sowed the first batch mid November 2016 and they grew well. I sowed a second batch on New Years Day 2017. One of each of these I grew in the greenhouse.
The experiment did not go as I would have thought and the onions in the greenhouse went over weeks ago. The largest which was the November sowing only weighing 1lb 11oz.
The onions which I grew in a raised bed on top of a black membrane just kept growing. They had the same treatment as the onions in the greenhouse, including the same feed and at the same times. I did loose a couple of the outside onions, but on the whole they have done very well indeed, with the largest this year weighing in at a whopping 4lb 7oz! I also had a few onions just short of this mark.
I know from last year that these large onions do not store very well, so following a short drying-off in the greenhouse I will give as many away as I can.
Its quite late but I have just bought the seed potatoes for this year.
Picture of four varieties of seed potato – Nadine, Catriona, Arran Pilot and Duke of York
Il keep these for a while and begin planting around Easter.
After failing miserably with the giant onions last year, I seem to be having a little success this. Nearly all the seedlings sprouted and I don’t think I lost any. I planted them out at the end of May and they are fattening up quite nicely.
Picture of a one pound coin against a giant onion
Picture of rows of giant onions
Picture of a raised bed of giant onions
Picture of a raised bed of onions that have been damaged
Although, my main crop of Sturon that I planted as sets looks like it has been sprayed with weedkiller accidently by the neighbour. Very disappointed, but part of having to share an allotment I guess.
Although we have had some great rhubarb from the allotment this year, these are really the first fruits of the season.
Picture of bunch of radish and strawberries in a wooden trug
Picture of a bunch of Radish on a chopping board
Fresh picked are some of the strawberries from the plants that I split up earlier in the season. A lot are quite small, but there are still some corkers in there.
I have grown radish before, but I have never grown this variety. There are loads to come, and I am today going to sow a second, and perhaps a third row they are that nice.
Finally got round to planting out some winter veg in the new allotment. Black Kale, Various types of cabbage, Lettuce and Spinach as well as a variety of cauliflower.
All that’s left to do now if defend them all against the birds, and the slugs.
After some back breaking digging, I have managed to clear quite a large part of the allotment of weeds now. Rubbish is piled high and burned which I will dig back into the soil when it has cooled down.
Well, after being on a waiting list for a second allotment, a plot has become available. What a state it is in –
It looks quite a challenge but it will be great once cleared as I will be able to grow crops that take up a lot of space such as peas, pumpkins and beans.