Onions! And Other Things I’m Growing

It seems to be the latest craze – but I’m not doing it to be ‘hip’ – growing your own veg. When I were a lad, where the garden now would be a water-feature or whatever, was just a load of bean canes and rows of potato plants.

yard_of_plants

Onions on left are more recent. Flowers and bike not mine.

And now it seesm to have come around again, when everyone is growing potato plants in a pot on their patio. I don’t have a patio (just a yard) and I don’t eat potatoes all that much (I’m a pasta/rice kinda guy), but I seem to have found myself growing the following:

  • Tomato (4 plants, + many seeds that don’t seem to be sprouting in a fancy bucket)
  • Onions (6 troughs of Stuttgater onion sets that are doing really well)
  • Jalapeno (1 bucket of seeds that aren’t doing anything)
  • Oregano (Survived outside all winter, only to be aphid food this spring. Grrr!)
  • Chives (Just about survived winter, spring aphids got it. It might live)
  • Parsley (aphids nearly got it. Doing well otherwise)
  • Radishes (on windowsill inside,are growing like nutters)

I have high hopes for the onions, as I eat loads of them. The sets were really cheap – 10p for a bag, and I have now spent about £8 making a home for them.

I wouldn’t be growing this stuff if I didn’t think it was going to survive. Am I turning into an optimist?

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