Sunday, January 25, 2009

Winter Onions?

A new co-op opened up in our town and Lori and I stopped by to see what they will be selling for the garden in the spring. When we pulled up I saw that they already had onion sets out front, so we picked some up. I don’t know if it was cabin fever or if I am just hoping to bring spring along sooner or both but I needed to get outside for awhile. I know it is still to cold for them to grow to any size without a cold frame/green house, so I looked in behind my shed and found everything needed to build one. Growing your own food is a good way to save money as long as you don’t try to grow a fifty dollar tomato. If I had to go out and buy the materials for the mini green house, I would have washed all my savings away. Last year I grew a bunch of onions all at the same time and at harvest time we cut them up and put them in Ziploc bags. When ever we needed onions for a meal we would just grab a bag and pop it in with what ever we were cooking. The amount we were able to grow last year lasted us a long time but we still ran out before Christmas and now have to buy onions from the grocery store. This year I hope to grow enough to last us until next year. We are also going to be doing some things different. I am going to start my onion bed off at different times, adding to it every four or five weeks so we will always have fresh onions through out spring and summer. I will be able to harvest the first onions I started today and start some new ones in there place in the bed and so on. Hopefully that will yield us enough yummy onions to last all year.

Cold frame covering the onions.

1 comment:

Jill said...

WooHoo! You funally got one of those "followers"!!
I have checked on you from time to time, now it will be easier for me!!
Norah is stunning BTW!
I am so excited for you guys!