Our front garden is in a bit of a sad state. We haven’t really done anything with it all through the winter and there are bits of dead plants and overgrown weeds everywhere.
We already told you about our general planting plans for this year here and this weekend in a first attempt to sort and tidy our garden we finally managed to plant our onions, shallots and garlic. We even sowed our first carrots.
We started by preparing the ground by thoroughly digging though the soil to loosen it as well as mixing in some special onion and shallot fertiliser. We are using onion sets as they are meant to be a very reliable ways to achieve a good crop.
Planting the sets was really quick and easy. We used our little dibber to make some holes first.
Then all you have to do after preparing the area is push the bulb into the soil so that the tip is just about still showing.
They should be ready about between July and August and already I can’t wait to see how the plants turn out.
You can see that we’ve planting onions and carrots together as it’s meant to help prevent carrot fly and also onion fly.
There are hundreds of different types of onions and shallots available. These are the exact ones we decided to try:
Onions – Stuttgarter Stanfield, Shallots – Golden Gourmet, Garlic – Solent Wright and the Carrots are Nandor.
We also finally got round to cutting back our roses. They were a straggly mess and this year we decided to be quite radical in cutting them back.
I always worry about cutting them back too much, so we’ll just have to wait and see how being this radical works out for us.
There is still loads more to do in the garden and we also have loads more seeds that will need sowing soon.
It’s still miserable and cold outside at the moment, but hopefully the weather will start improving so that more can be done in the garden.
Are you growing any of your own fruit and veg this year? Is your garden also in desperate need of some TLC? Do you have any onion growing tips for us?