It’s fantastic. Mid December, frosty, cloudy, cold and wet.
I don’t particularly want to go outside, but seeing those little Senshyu onions poking through the soil, i find it hard not to. They’ve been in the ground for about a month now i think, and are a particularly comforting shade of green, if that is possible! After a battering by the wind last week, a few are bent and broken but fighting fit nonetheless.
Not only do the onions fill a winter gap where the soil would otherwise be unused, they fit perfectly into the rotation. Bed 1 (for want of a better name!) is the roots bed (houses carrots, parsnips, leeks and onions) which will become the Cucurbit bed next year. I don’t need the half being used by the onions until Late June/Early July, so the onions will sit happily. They will be replaced by a variety of squash, raised in pots and transplanted in later.
When i plant the standard onion sets next year, there will be no less than 200 onions sitting in a space no bigger than 2.5 square metres. Easy as that. Whoever said veg growing wasn’t easy 😉
The most difficult job this winter, and incidentally, one of the most rewarding, is to (realistically) update the planting scheme, without overdoing it.
Has anyone had any bad experiences with Senshyu or other overwintering onions? I don’t mean muggings or bad attitudes! , but pests or problems. A bit of advance warning is never a bad thing.