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Overwintering onions and garlic


By peter


I’m week behind again on developments in my garden but as I spent Saturday at RHS Wisley there’s nothing to tell about my garden this weekend so this post kind of leaves me up to date :o)

The seeds I planted at the end of September (Wheeler’s Imperial spring cabbage and Medania spinach) have both started shooting but I’ve already had a caterpillar eat my cabbage seedlings.

I think I have to admit I am turning into a veg gardener – although I think I’d struggle to keep on top of everything if my plot got much bigger. Last weekend I moved all my shrubs and heathers up the garden to make more room for garlic and overwintering onions.

Before the re-shuffle

All squashed up

The Senshyu Yellow onions and Thermidrome garlic are both from the local garden centre – I’d read not to plant supermarket garlic as it may not be suitable for our climate.

After digging the soil over and removing the large stones I laid out the bulbs in place – no time for double digging last weekend! Then I used a trowel to plant the garlic about 8" deep and my finger to plant the onions 1" deep – my finger is now sore and a dibber has made it on to my Christmas list.

I think that’s about it for my veg patch until the cabbage and spinach need thinning out. I was surprised at having so many bees on my Japanese Aralia in the current cold weather!

Bee in autumn

Wisley looked great at the weekend and I took a few photos (more on my photos page). The Japanese maples were fantastic colours and I was thinking of Sodapopklc as I took some of them…

For Sodapop :o)

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