This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

the onions are sown!

sowed onions 054 I planted a whole tray of onion seeds today. Its exciting to have extra planting space to be planting for this year! The varieties I planted are on my 2014 planting list.

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Blogger Cloud said...

I sowed mine just a day after you! I'm thinking yours are more likely to actually sprout though as my seed is a bit on the old side. We shall see though!

February 11, 2014 11:09 PM

Blogger kathy said...

One of my seed packs was 2009. I should have just thrown it, but i planted a 6-pack with it. We'll see what happens. My other seeds were new. Onion seeds usually dont keep well. And since they take a while to sprout (10-14 days), and need a good long growing season, by the time you realize the seeds aren't sprouting it can be too late to start more.

That said, I think I'll start another 6-pack because those 6- year old seeds likely won't sprout. 1 or 2 or even 3 years old maybe, not 6....

February 12, 2014 12:23 AM

Anonymous Janice said...

Hi, Kathy-
I planted onions last Saturday as well, a little earlier than usual because my seeds are a year old, and I wanted to test germination. No sprouts yet.

I enjoy reading your blog, and am looking forward to watching your new garden progress. And the chickens and egg hunting are such fun to read about, too! Years ago when we had chickens, I once played midwife, and caught an egg like you did!

I know you focus mostly on vegetables, but if you want to fill your new acreage with flowers, you might want to look into wintersowing. Last year I was trying to grow a lot of bee-attracting flowers, and happened upon this method. I had great success, and it doesn't take up prime real estate under the lights. If interested, check out for lots of good information. It's a nice way to begin gardening in spite of a foot of snow on the ground!

February 14, 2014 12:33 PM


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