Monday I tilled my garden and planted the onion plants I picked up at a greenhouse. The variety I like to plant is called Candy. They are big, white and sweet. Delicious!
The little paper sack contains shallot sets. I’ve never grown them before but I decided to try them this year. I’ll let you know later what I think of them.
Last summer/fall I had seeded fall radishes in my garden. They winter-kill, the roots turned into pithy things the tiller could just chop up and the stalks and leaves just dried up into nothing. I had only planned to till soil for the onions but went ahead and did the whole garden. The soil just tilled so nicely. The radishes are wonderful for condition the ground. Everything tilled nicely until I got to the very east part where the tomatoes had been last summer. The Farmer pulled the cages after the tomatoes frosted and no radish seeds were planted there. It was harder ground and not as malleable as the other part.
On the left side of the picture is the garlic I planted last fall. It is maybe 3″ tall now but coming along well. To the right side are the teeny, tiny onion plants I just planted. You can’t see them, but they are there. When they grow larger, I will mulch them with sawdust and give the garlic another covering too.
My crocuses are finally blooming. Finally, flowers outside!
The rhubarb is up. We’ll be eating rhubarb custard dessert soon!! The Farmer is happy about that.
Last summer when the wind storm hit us, the top of one of the old maples on the east side of the house broke off. This tree has had a crack on one side for years, but the crack was much deeper after the storm. For safety reasons we cut the tree down this winter. It isn’t completely down yet, this stump is what is left. Our tree guy needs to come back and finish the job.
It was hard to make the decision to cut her down. We don’t have air conditioning in our home and the trees make a huge impact on keeping our house cool in the summer. We will miss her and hopefully the south maple will be enough to keep us cool.