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Onions!

An onion seedlinglet on No 16, seen today.

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Everything is growing like crazy.  Including the weeds, obviously, although after this afternoon’s hoeing action (soundtrack Kate Rusby and a compilation from this gentleman)  a lot of them have gone the way of the less popular wives of King Henry VIII.  The purple sprouting broccoli just keeps on giving: a huge bunch of it is going with today’s beef, while cousins, aunts and uncles are getting theirs.  And it’s lovely: steam, butter, sea salt.

The early spuds are peeking through the soil, the shallots (bunching onions in the local tongue) and garlic are coming on, the rows of seeds are putting up -lings in defiance of the coarse clay soil and near-bloody drought conditions of the last month (about an hour of storm shower yesterday, that’s all the rain for month in the north of England – it barely dampened the surface).  Lollo rosso has come through and will be planted out in a raised bed, the sweetcorn are starting to sprout under cover.  Preparing a bed for those tomorrow.

The overwinter onions are there, but straggly.  I don’t think no 16 is good onion soil.  Yet.

Front to back: early potatoes, shallots, cauliflowers.

Front to back: early potatoes, shallots, cauliflowers.

Meantime, two fellow allotmonats came over and enquired about the Phaecelia.  One thought they were weeds, another pegged them as green manure right away.  One bed I will cut down and dig in, the second I will use the cuttings soaked in water as liqui fertilizer and see what happens.  I’m also going to be interested to see what the roots have done to the verdamt clay that wantons mere inches below the surface.

Phaecelia tanacetifolia AKA green manure.

Phaecelia tanacetifolia AKA green manure.

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allotmenttherapyLong, boring day (with entertaining interludes) gawping at the screen, rushed off to get a last hour of work in before the light went.  Another 5 yards by one cleared and turned.  The soil at this end of no 16 is real yum yum stuff.  Dark, rich, and with none of the evil clay that is found close to the surface at t’other end.  Possibly this is where onions could be persuaded to grow.  Another couple of days of this and the last beds will be opened up.

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Onions (2)

Something odd about seeing spring green new growth at this time of year.

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