2 acre farm: 16 Weeks and Counting

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The experiences, trials, and lives on a small farm in rural Illinois.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

16 Weeks and Counting

Today was the first day of planting! It really feels good to touch soil and open seed packs. I can hardly wait for spring but I suppose I don't have much choice. Nobody ever ask me when spring should arrive.

I planted three varieties of onion which are Mustang F1 Hybrid, Red Wing F1 Hybrid, and Evergreen Hardy Bunching onions. I tried to order more heirlooms and open pollinated vegetables this year but I am new to growing onion from seed so I decided to put the odds in my favor by using hybrids. I don't have anything against hybrids in fact there are many I love but I do like the idea of supporting traditional vegetables when they are productive and disease resistant enough for my needs.

I planted them in flat trays in a 'broadcast' fashion. I have them under two sets of fluorescent tubes and underneath I have two heat lamps to warm the soil. Now it is time to wait two weeks and see what happens. Hopefully I can report back with pictures of seedlings.

At the end of the month I will also be sowing celery and peppers. Then at the end of February I will plant the biggest crop to be started indoors which includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, ground cherries, and asparagus. The title refers to the last day of frost. For my area it is May first which means on Saturday it will be sixteen weeks away. Hopefully by then I will already have potatoes, onions, and many greens in the ground.

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Blogger NoviceLife said...

Oh gosh - with all the snow we are having, I hadn't even thought about starting my onions!! This will be my first time with onions so I am anxious to watch your progess!

January 8, 2010 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Nathan (2af) said...

Depending on the source you read onions should be started 10-16 weeks before last date of frost so since your in snow land like me you still have time. I am just getting anxious so when 16 weeks hit I jumped at the chance to plant something. Good luck with your onions!

January 9, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger debsgarden said...

I never cared for onions until I grew my own! Now I grow them in my herb bed, and I'm about to double the size of the bed, so I will have room to plant more. I have never grown onions from seed, however. Good luck with yours!

January 15, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

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