As promised, everything that we talked about in the email last week; the onions, celery, and celery root, the seeding, and using the germination chamber; all of it came to pass. Isn't it nice to have a week where things go as planned? We finished seeding the last of our onions today. Some things we seeded that weren't previously mentioned include rosemary, oregano, thyme, chives, and parsley, along with scallions and leeks. I love all of these plants. I love to watch them grow and to eat them when they are ready.
Three of Alliums in this group (onions, leeks, and scallions) are biennials, meaning they have a two year life cycle. (Incidentally, so are the celery and celeriac!) The first year, they grow and grow, and put a lot of energy into specialized leaves. In onions this manifests as a bulb, in leeks, it appears as tightly sheathed leaves. Incidentally, these are the parts that we eat. If we didn't eat them though, and let them continue on their way, the plan would be to hang tight through the winter and then use all of that energy in their second year to make seeds. Many, many tiny seeds, from big globe-like flowers called umbels. So these onion, scallion, and leek seeds that we tamped into flats today, they really started on their path to our plates in 2014, when the process of producing these seeds started.
Thinking about stuff like this really leads me to appreciate the seed companies that take the time to produce seeds in all the different varieties that we love. They assist these plants to complete their life cycles, sometimes over several years, caring for them through all phases. It really is amazing that it all works out with us eating amazing onions in the end! It gives me feeling of fortune.
I will leave you with that and look forward to possibly seeing you in Flemington this coming Saturday!
All the best!
P.S. CSA SIGN UPS STILL GOING ON!! And just in case you are missing the link:
Here is a link to the 2016 sign-up sheet.
Copy and paste this long jumble if the link doesn't work: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2h20Cp9NhW0YVZfeHJOanZJNVE/view?usp=sharing
Fresh from the Field!
Carrots!! - baby
Onions: Red and Yellow
Potatoes: Classic and Fingerling!
Sweet Salad Turnips: Tasty and crisp. I have resorted to just eating them like apples!