MY VEGGIE GARDEN - Sprouted onion in the kitchen and the compost heap
Hello all my friends around the world on HIVE and especially the HiveGarden Community! I have not posted to you in a while, it has been rainy here in Cape Town, South Africa and with all the social activities going on there has not been that much gardening!
With a few days of dry weather, we are heading into the last month of our Winter and into Spring.
Let's start with the ground that I have prepared as the vegetable garden.
As you can see, the area that I have cleared has sprouted a little bit of grass again and maybe a little bit of this and that. I actually prefer this, because I can remove the shoots and be more sure that whatever I do in this place will be more of what I decided to plant - I hope!
One thing I have learned is that nature sure does make a way! Sometimes something WILL just grow, which leads me well into the next topic!
The Sprouted Onion
This little guy decided to just sprout right in the vegetable tray in the kitchen. We must have taken too long to eat this guy. Now, we know what happens when we chop these, generally, one or two onion layers have started to collapse as the onion uses that water and nutrients to grow its first leaves and roots.
This is part of the onion's natural cycle of growth and as I said, nature will find a way.
I knew that a person could grow your onions this way, or harvest leaves for Spring Onion in the kitchen so I watched several Youtube videos on the topic and eventually decided that I would plant this little guy into a pot since I have no idea yet what more I want to do in this garden patch and I did not want to have to rip it out of the ground once it started growing where I placed it.
Let's turn our attention to the compost heap for a second.
Here is the "new" compost heap that we throw our kitchen scraps and garden waste into.
And here is the "mature" compost heap. Have a look how nice and rich it looks with dark, broken down organic material!
A mix and a plant!
I decided to take some of this compost and mix it in with the soil in my vegetable patch, about 50/50 and then stuck it into a pot.
Digging out a hole, I planted the onion. Note that this pot does have drainage at the bottom of the pot.
I usually would water the soil at this point, right after planting. This is to encourage root growth, but it was about to rain so I just left him in the open like so.
Onion are resistant to FROST. This is Cape Town. It doesn't frost. It just gets rainy and cold. Nothing an Onion cannot handle!
A few days later and Mr. Onion seems to be doing well in his post, with new shoots starting to form...