Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oooooo! I love onions!

This is all the onions that I haven't eaten all piled on the little table for cleaning and sorting. Plus a couple of garlics under there somewhere. I'm going to cut off the green parts and freeze them, and put the rest into a big bin into the shed. 

So, last night I was puttering around, weeding and building my endless trellis, (that now completely encloses two sides of the ornamental garden and has a grape annex that is turning into a gazebo) and I thought I would pull my remaining onions. I wanted to make some room for a big raised bed I'm planning on the no-dig method.

I was quite pleased with the onion harvest. I've been pulling a few as I've needed them for cooking and the remaining ones have filled a whole bucket. I realised it was a little bit early (normally you wait until the onion leaves die back and this is when the bulb is fully formed) but I was still pretty happy with the ones I got. I put the white ones in in the autumn and the red ones in in the spring after I pulled the last of the cauliflower. Onions really do take FOREVER!

But the red ones were doing so well they were already popping out of the ground and saying, "Where's the soup?!" I figured I could cut off the green leaves and put them in the freezer bag of vegetable trimmings I'm saving for making stock.

But when I proudly showed off my harvest Annamaria told me you have to at least wait until the Crescente. This is a bit of folk wisdom that I'm just learning about now. The Crescente is when the moon starts ensmallening again. We're just about there. We had two new moons this month, and the Calente lasts until the 27th. I have a special contadina farmer's and gardener's calendar that tells me all this stuff. (Annamaria, of course, grows whole wheelbarrows-full, and gave me enough to last most of the winter.)

Anyway, today I start building the first of the tufa block raised beds in the orto. I figure it will take a while, what with the Italian summer making it fun to work in the blazing heat. But it should be ready in time to put in the winter's brassicas. Annamaria does hers in late August, and they did way better than mine that I put in September 14th.



John said...

I wish you'd share more stuff like this with us! Very inspiring!

jeanannemarie said...

You inspire me for gardening and love of God and our Church.