Saturday, April 27, 2013

Onions planted

This year's plant count: 188. Planted about a week later than last year, partly because I've been busy and partly because the weather has been cold.

ETA: Apparently there was a crop failure for the shallots I was planning to try this year, so that part of my order got cancelled. So, no shallots this year. I think we'll be okay with 188 onions and what was it -- 60 or so garlic plants (not counting all the volunteer garlics).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Corn gluten meal

I read about using corn gluten meal to prevent weeds from sprouting between the onion plants, and it sounded like a perfect thing for me. It's organic, and it helps reduce the weeds that grow right up close to the onion plants, where it's almost impossible to use a hoe on them, without also pulling up the onions. I get so frustrated trying to weed them, because I can't bend or kneel well enough to get up close and personal with the weeds, so I'm stuck with whatever I can do with the hoe alone. I'm pretty good with a hoe, but there are limits to its use.

I couldn't find it locally last year, but I managed to find it this year. The manufacturer put a fancy name on the package, that had nothing to do with corn or gluten or  meal, but I found it in the small print, "ingredients: 100% corn gluten meal." Bingo!

The onion plants arrived Thursday (April 18), and I'm hoping to get them planted before the rains are due on Wednesday. Their arrival took me by surprise. The spring is so late in arriving that I thought I had a couple more weeks before onion planting time.

Add another $15 (approximately) to this year's expenses.