It is always questionable as to when to start the growing season. But today is as good a time as any. Today is the shortest day and the thing to do on the shortest day is to plant onions. I know it is an old wives’ tale to be taken with a grain of salt as the planting window is wide open from April to August. But I like the tradition of it, so why not?!
So, the new growing season starts today with the first crop of the new season going in. Having said that, the garlic went in in April, to get a jump on the rust, but that that doesn’t count because I was planting other autumn crops then, and technically they are part of last season, well in my mind anyway.
I love the new season start. It is full of hope. Hope this will be the spring without the stormy conditions, the one without the high humidity in the summer, the one where the pests and diseases stay away. The one with the most abundant harvest of perfect crops. There is always hope this will be that magical season where everything lines up perfectly.
This isn’t the first time I grew onions. If I look back, I think I may have been doing it since 2008! It hasn’t always been easy. I remember the season where the garden got so snarled up with weeds it was easier to dig everything out and then replant the young onions, hoping I didn’t do too much damage. And then there was the harvest where the entire crop that was supposed to be a whole year’s supply that was enough to fill two jam jars as pickled onions! Then there are the whoppers I’ve been growing lately. I don’t really want whoppers – I’ll take them, but I’d much rather have them a normal size please. This is what I’m hoping for this season.
I had a little notification on my blog this week from the good people at WordPress congratulating me on blogging with them for 10 years! That seems like such a long time ago, but at the same time it was only yesterday. Ten years ago, my boys were 5 and 7 and loved helping in the garden. Now they are teens preparing for life beyond my nest and any help in the garden needs to be paid for… in cash!
Over the years I would have talked about planting my onions 10 times, and my tomatoes, and my potatoes and all the things. There are only so many ways you can say this without repeating yourself, or even worse boring everyone – including me! But going forward on all the shortest days to come, I will be out there in whatever weather the season decides to dish out – today was perfectly sunny, and I will plant my onions, because that is what I do.
Come again soon – it is what I do, but I will also look for other exciting green fingered things to do too.
Sarah the Gardener : o)