Five days ago, Maple Hoo Garden looked like this:
Looking across that imposing blanket of snow (yes, yes, Gentle Reader, we know, all that snow was gone less than 12 hours later) it’s hard to comprehend that in six months, that same space will be a green, leafy, vine-y wonderland. Also hard to believe? That said wonderland will come from this:
The seeds arrived in the mail months ago but it’s only just now turned to that magic time of year: “8 weeks before the last frost”. And here at Maple Hoo that means only one thing — onions. We dedicate one entire 4′ x 8′ bed to onions, which we harvest all at once. Schnookie then spends hours chopping them and into the freezer they go. (Oh yes, the goggles will be there.) The first year of Maple Hoo we grew Riverside yellow onions and Southport Red Globe red onions. Since we don’t use red onions much we opted for Riverside and Newburg yellows this year. With thoughts of piles and piles of chopped and frozen onions dancing in our heads, we set to planting the seeds. (In addition to the onions, we started Habanero and Nardello peppers, and San Marzano and Black Plum paste tomatoes.)
Each one of those seeds holds such promise!
Each one is tucked into its new home with love and care.
Action shot! Look at those planting chopsticks fly!
Grow, little seeds, grow!
Placed carefully in our dining room out of direct sunlight (wha-huh?!) until the seedlings sprout in 10 days or so, the trays quietly incubate the beginnings of what we hope to be Bounteous Bounty ’08, Maple Hoo-style.