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Onions, Potatos and Daikons. Oh My!

While it’s easy to see what’s growing above ground, it’s a bit of mystery on what’s growing under the ground, so we get a little curious and start to peek.
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Daikon radish bloom
We knew the daikons weren’t going to do well for us this spring, but we are so into our new kimchi recipe that we couldn’t wait until the recommended fall. Well it serves our impatient nature right by bolting straight away and giving us piddly little roots. Have you seen them at the farmers markets? Daikon’s can be monsterous! We’ll try again in fall.
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mini daikon radishes
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Back when we first planted our onions at the very end of January I counted forward 100 days (the tags estimated date of maturity) to May 5th. We’ll they aren’t ready. Not that we haven’t picked a few to use as young spring onions, but it’s not time to pull them out and let them dry. We’ve still got at least a month to go. I’ll let you know.
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We planted our potatoes on the same day as the spinach and daikon seeds, February 27th. And it looks like we’ve gotten our moneys worth on the Red Golds at least. We planted 1lb of them in this box and from one plant we’ve gotten 1.2lbs. Six more plants to dig. Of course this isn’t anything close to Sinfonian’s 100lb of potatoes, but it’s enough to enjoy with dinner. They were the creamiest potates I’ve every had.

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happy may day & the left side

Happy May Day! We sent our oldest to preschool this morning with a bouquet of backyard flowers to decorate the May Pole. The teachers were busy attaching streamers to the pole and it brought me back to fond memories of my own preschool May Days. After dancing around the may pole, we’d fill a basket with flowers and excitedly run across the street to leave on the neighbors front porch, ring the bell, then quickly dash away giggling. As Julie and I discussed the other day, its a lost holiday these days. Its too bad, what a nice uncommercial cheerful day to celebrate.
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On the left side of the garden, to wrap up our tour, I thought we’d start at the back. In our back bed we keep an odd assortment of herbs, garlic and chard. These chive flowers are fairytale like this time of year. I keep expecting a Peter Cottontail to come along and nibble on these.
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And the garlic? It looks like long graceful limbs of dancers in this light.
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In front of them is our potato trench. We dig a deep trench (notice I use the royal we here, actually Scott digs a deep trench) about 18″ deep and plant the potatoes there, then as they grow and sprout we keep filling the hole over the plant to encourage new potatoes to grow until the ‘trench’ becomes ground level. These are yukon golds:
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In front of the potatoes is a bed with currently two peppers and two eggplants with basil seeds just sprouting. Oh, and what else is that you see in the picture? Oh, yes, that would be even *more* wonder berries and amaranth!
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Ahead of the ‘mediterranean bed’ is an entire bed devoted to strawberries which in hopefully another week will be bright red and ready to eat.
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And at the very front of the left side is a bed of onions and leeks:
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Notice how much bigger these are than the garlic in back? Planted on the same day too. The magic of raised beds, I tell you!

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onions ~ it makes perfect sense

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I heard a piece of advise or rather knowledge the other week that I never thought of before but makes complete sense. Did you know that the number of leaves an onion has is the same number of layers the onion will have? Of course that makes perfect sense! So I know this onion will have 10 layers (always an even number as their leaves grow in pairs) when I cut into it. Same goes for garlic, the number of leaves equals the number of cloves. Duh!

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