This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

tiny new onion sprouts!!

Frontier onion sprout  007 Frontier onion sprout  007 first tray of seedlings-to-be 001 I found a first onion sprout today. Yippee!!

I guess one of the reasons onions and celeriac are planted first is that they sprout slow and they grow slow. I'm wishing I had sowed a few broccolis just to get things going! This evening, I used a toothpick and checked around in the onion pots for sprouts. Since I like to use up my old seed, and onion seed doesn't last long, I often have trays that don't sprout.

The Pontiac onions are sprouting, but apparently not Frontier, Ruby Ring, or leeks. I had an email from Fedco today that my new onion, leek and shallot seeds are on the way. I'll get some pots ready so I can plant this fresh seed as soon as it arrives.

Go sprouts, GO!



Blogger biobabbler said...

SO exciting to see the tiny beginnings. =)

February 13, 2013 11:11 AM

Blogger Linda said...

Just last year I used up the last of my leek seeds from 2002, and they sprouted like I tend to take the whole "onion seed doesn't last" thing with a grain of salt. That being said, I'm still waiting for some onions ("Flat of Italy," probably 2011 or so?) to sprout, myself.

February 13, 2013 11:28 AM

Blogger Cary said...

Congratulations on those sprouts! Linda, I just planted whole packets of leeks, shallots and bulb onions, after reading that they last only 1 year. hoho. Wish I'd read your comment yesterday :). Anyone want to share 900 allium seedlings? Kathy, once again, thanks for sharing your online seed starting calendar. Really appreciate it!

February 16, 2013 7:17 AM

Blogger kathy said...

I am getting lots of onion sprouts in 2 seed packs. Pontiac, which I grew last year is sprouting great again this year. So are last years leeks.

No sprouts yet my 5 year old Ruby Ring seeds or my 3year old Frontier seeds. no sprouts either inthe tray of celeriac seeds, but that's expected, they'll take at least a week to sprout, maybe more. Sometimes they pop up after 3 weeks.

I am waiting for a couple onion varieties I ordered from Fedco. I had an email last week that they have shipped. When they come, I'll start a couple more trays of onions. I got a fresh 40lb bag of potting soil today (my favorite Costco bulk product), so I am ready.

February 16, 2013 11:53 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The seeds are here! (after writing that last comment, I realized they were probably in the mailbox. They were!)

Tomorrow I will plant Prisma Red Shallot, Wallace wallla sweet Spanish onion, and White Wing Onion. (if I can wait til tomorrow)

February 17, 2013 12:07 AM

Blogger Jen M said...

HI Kathy, I'm Jenni. Ya know, you've been my inspiration for over a year now. You're blog is a great resource and I use it frequently. I'm a fan of Skippy too. I'm also an avid gardener like you, from central IL. Started some Lantana couple weeks ago. So far have some windowsill herbs showing me the love so I transplanted them last evening.

Happy to see your season coming along nicely. I've never grown celeriac before but if your growing it, it must be good. What strain is it? Jenni

February 17, 2013 7:59 PM

Blogger Cary said...

Thanks Kathy! Your onion seedling piece spurred me to get mine in the ground and am tickled to report that my first Ailsa Craig onion seedling is peeking above the soil this a.m. God is good! If you hadn't posted, I'd have postponed and been late. Do really appreciate your helpful advice! Bring on Spring :)!

February 19, 2013 10:21 AM

Blogger Jezibels ~ said...

Lately Ive been looking into building a greenhouse, the kits that are polycarbonate (clear ones) are about $599 for an 8 x 10, do you have a greenhouse Kathy?

February 23, 2013 12:59 PM

Anonymous Morgan said...

Im glad to see that your onions have started to sprout.

This is one of the most exciting times I find with gardening. Once their heads start to show from the compost. :)

Good luck, after seeing this I'm thinking of getting some onions on the go. Would you advise that I might be starting a bit late?

The Blooming Oasis

February 24, 2013 1:55 PM


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