The jingle was based on a song that was called – you guessed it – “I Love Onions”. And the song did in fact go – “Mmmmmm, I love onions” – and just in case you don’t believe me, take a gander at THIS.
How do I even know about this obscure (or so I thought) onion song, you may ask? Because my Dad was a BIG fan of thrift shop records back in the day and one of his “finds” had the “I Love Onions” song on it. I still can’t believe that both of these songs are on You Tube. Is there anything that ISN’T on You Tube these days? Apparently not.
I do LOVE onions but have never grown them. I’ve always been kind of intimidated by the thought of getting this teeny, tiny seedling to swell into a large bulb. Well, this year, I decided to give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen? Even if they don’t bulb up, I’ll still have me a whole mess of green onions, right?
I chose two varieties of globe onion – Copra (THE yellow onion every onion gardener seems to grow) and Rossa di Milano (a red onion). Both are supposed to be very good storage type onions. I also decided to try Ailsa Craig, a large sweet onion. For green onions, I am growing “He-Shi-Ko” which are perennial bunching onions. And lastly, I am trying out potato onions, which are multiplier globe onions. There is a bit of a story behind the potato onions but I will talk about that on a later post.
|Onions Seedlings - Waiting to be Transplanted|
So I took a little information from here & there, based on what sounded reasonable to me, and proceeded to sow my onion seeds in early March, about 10 weeks before my last frost date of May 10th. I had noticed that many vegetable gardeners out there sowed their onions back in January or February. But they are often in warmer zones (I’m in zone 5b which I believe is the equivalent of 4b in the US), so I went ahead with the “10 weeks before last frost” recommendation on sowing indoors.
Whenever I grow a new crop, it seems I always end up making a few goofs along the way. I sowed the onions just below the soil surface in a 72-plug tray. I realize now that I sowed them way too shallowly – in a few cases, the bottom of the onion seedling even ended up on top of the soil, and you could clearly see the roots sticking down into the soil. I also messed up when watering them. I had topped each plug with vermiculite (to help with damping off) and so it was difficult to tell when the tray needed watering. For my other cell packs & pots, I simply lift them up to see how heavy they are. If they are light(ish), I water. But since the tray was so large & I had never used one before, it seemed heavy, even when it was relatively dry – so I let the soil dry out a bit too much a few times. Both of these errors cost me a good number of onion seedlings. Thankfully, I miscalculated how many seedlings would fit into the beds and sowed many more than I needed. As to the impact of these mistakes on the remaining onion seedlings? Only time will tell, I guess.
When I transplanted my seedlings in early May (they should have gone out in April, but the bed wasn’t ready at the time), I wasn’t overly impressed with their size:
|Onion Seedlings All In A Row|
|Onion Bed Today|
The only onions that I did not start indoors were the perennial bunching onions. I decided to seed these directly into the bed as I didn’t have enough room under the grow lights to accommodate them. Perennial bunching onions (also known as Japanese bunching onions) are supposed to multiply at the base – essentially you plant them once, then you simply harvest as needed, leaving some in the ground to continue multiplying. And they are also supposed to be winter hardy. I may not be able to get much in the way of a harvest from them this year, but that’s ok – I’ll just consider this the year that I establish the perennial bunching onion patch…..and then pray that they do indeed overwinter the way they are supposed to.
Till next time...☺