Saturday, March 6, 2010

Got Onions?

What is our first crop planted for the year?   Onions.  Yellow onions, to be precise. 

Mom and Onions Savana and Onions

And we had some unexpected help.  My cousin Savana, the fastest onion-slinger in the Midwest. 

Onion Slinger

Anyway, first things first, Dad tilled a row in the upper garden yesterday. 


Then today, he and Savana threw in the fertilizer and raked it in.  Jack cheered on her efforts from the sidelines, before he grew bored and chased a cat with Cloe.  Cloe declined to become a farm dog this year.

Savana and Fertilizer Savana and Fertilizer

Once that was done, Dad armed himself with his trusty tomato stake and poked two holes, side by side, all down the row.  About three by four inches apart.  Well, it started out that way until we still had most of a bag left so, he went back and poked some more holes in between.

Dad and His Onion-Hole
Poker Making Onion Holes

Savana and my job was to stick the onion bulbs in.  Mom then tucked them into their cold little dirt beds--which didn't help us much when it came time to figure out where to poke in our third row of holes.

Three Onion Farmers Yellow Onions

Row marked, and we were done.  Easy peasy :-)

Mom Staking the Row Savana the Midwest Vanna

I'll check back in a couple weeks, and see if we have any greenery showing.

Facts, Figures, and a little Nonsense:
  • Onions - 160 yellow onions.  $1.59 per bag of 80 bulbs.
  • Fertilizer - 6-26-26 or as I call it the "Dippin' Dot lookalike".  $15 per 50 lbs, but only about 2 lbs used.
  • Time - 15 minutes of good, old fashioned fun :-)
  • Concerns - The entire crop freezing solid in the ground :-(
  • Signs - Bank of Bloomsdale calendar, the trusty guide to just about everything for gardening and the like, advises the following days for plantings root crops this month: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th (us), 10th, 11th, 12th, 30th, and 31st.
  • Miscellaneous pictures:

Yellow Onion Package Onion Instructions Mom and Bank of Bloomsdale Callendar Bank of Bloomsdale Calendar 6-26-26 Fertilizer

Sunny Days are Here Again

Take a look.  I wasn't the only one venturing outside for the first taste of real sun with real warmth behind it.  The croci were too.

Crocus3 Crocus Bunch Crocus

And what do I spy with my little camera eye?  A scattering of  succulents.  :-)


The birds were out, too--but this isn't the first we've seen the cardinals and chickadees.  As you can tell, they squat all year long.  At least they are pretty squatters.

Cardinal Eating Cardinal Tree

But thanks to the temps, I could lay down a beach towel and . . .  well, not sun bathe, but make like a hunk o' innocuous junk in the yard.  That's how I got these closeups.

Cardinal on Sunflower Feeder Chickadee on Sunflower Feeder Cardinal Feeding on a Log

Conspiring Bees Until a bee much like these conspiring duo from last year came and buzzed me.

I'm afraid birds don't believe in the innocence of junk that screams and rolls around like a dog on fire.

Anyway, we all enjoyed the sun while it lasted.

Cardinal Feeding on a Log Jack with a Treat Sun Cat Spike Sunning Savana and Jack at the Pond