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Planting onions

Posted at 12:41 PM on March 29, 2008 by Autumn Long

Today I planted 12 dozen onion "slips" (don't know if this is the correct term; they're basically baby onion plants): approximately 100 Mars, a sweet red onion, and two dozen Copras, a large sweet white onion. The ground is still quite wet, but we managed to make a pass through it with the tiller several days ago, and the onions went in the ground just fine.

At this point I've started all the seeds for this year's garden that will begin their lives indoors; now it's a waiting game. At some point in the next several days, I will plant out some of the hardy greens and veggies I've started: lettuce, spinach, kale, cabbage, and broccoli. I'll cover them with a floating row cover to keep off the frost. Also, peas, carrots, and radishes need to be planted soon.

Yesterday I bought three pounds of Stuttgarter onion sets (a strong, long-keeping, disc-shaped German onion). I also bought seed potatoes, 10 pounds of Kennebecs and five pounds of Red Pontiacs. Scheduled to arrive by mail are more seed potatoes, five pounds of Yukon Golds and five pounds of some type of blue potato that I hope will be as tasty as it is beautiful. We'll wait another week or two to plant the onion sets and seed potatoes; hopefully the ground will dry out a bit now that the days are warmer, longer, and sunnier.