Celebrating Ten Hours of Daylight in Everett, Washington
Still recovering and taking it easy. That and I’m TRYING to not do too much too soon in the Garden.
My tradition has always been to plant onion seed in mid January. By mid-February I am usually giving my onions their first “hair cut” but I am just getting started this year (2018). In addition to Torpedo (my favorite summer onion because it can be used at any stage) and New York (a storage onion that I am successful with in Everett, Washington), I thought I also had seed to start some Alisa Craig, a sweet onion that we grew for the first time last season (2017). LOVE! I am pretty sure I can pick them up downtown Everett at the Natural Foods Co-op… if they ever decide to put out their seed racks.
You can grow onion from seed! Here is what you need and what to do.
- Find a 4-inch pot. Four inches is the minimum. Any pot will work, they are not going to live here very long.
- Onion Seed: this is actually the fun part. Order from your favorite catalog, or find a packet on a seed rack. I am always amazed at all the different varieties. Try something new! The only onion I do not start in late winter is Washington’s famous Walla Walla. They need to be started in August, not February. Otherwise, go wild!
- Potting Soil: It really is ok to just scoop some from your healthy garden but you can also buy potting soil or special seed starting soil. Your onions will not care. What ever you choose, I find it helpful to wet it before planting in it.
- Optional: If you have a heat mat (NOT a heating pad like you might use on your neck) your seeds will sprout as soon as 3 days. Vermiculite is nice to cover onion seed. It keeps moisture near the seeds and makes it easy to see those pretty green sprouts
- Plant your onion seed: Fill your pot (with moist soil) up to a half inch from the top. Sprinkle on your seed, cover with more soil or vermiculite (about a quarter inch deep). Label you pot. Wait for sprouts!
It was another beautiful afternoon. I lasted a little longer then yesterday AND I did not hurt as much when I did come in.
Artichokes are on the schedule for day 3, Monday the 12th. If you are doing the New Testament in 2018 (#NTin2018) with me, we will be reading Mark chapter 3
Debs, recovering in Everett, WA.