Container Garden Update — April 17, 2016

by A.J. Coltrane

This weekend it was time to harvest the rest of the bunch onions that were planted last fall. It turned out to be just over four pounds:

160417 bunch onion

We separated the onions into whites, stems, and greens and ran them through the slicing disk of the food processor. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a huge time savings. The boy cat had to check it out:

160417 processed bunch onion

I think the processor actually did a better job than the photo implies. The bigger pieces mostly wound up on top.

All in all, it turned into about fifty bags at one-half cup per bag.

The salad table is finally moving forward. Direct seeding is slow in the spring. It seems the better idea would be to start the seedlings inside and transplant. The “tall” stuff towards the right side is arugula:

160417 salad table

The peas were planted on February 8. They’ve now getting grabby with the netting:

160417 peas

Sometime in February a critter came through and dug in the pots. Look what has popped up on the other side of the walkway:

160417 rogue pea

Can’t stop ’em.


5 thoughts on “Container Garden Update — April 17, 2016

  1. Wow, I can almost smell those onions! I bet the cat did too. You peas are farther along than mine. I need to start them all indoors next spring, as my germination rate was terrible outside, but near 100% in pots.


  2. Wow – those are a lot of onions! I have some leftover from last year as well (in the freezer) – how do you find that you most often use them? My peas aren’t even in the ground yet, but I’m prepping the bed today so it won’t be too much longer.


  3. @Dave – Yeah, we stunk up the whole house. Our eyes were watering hours later.
    Here in the PNW we have very mild winters, and little snow, so we can start peas outside in February and they seem ok with it.

    @Margaret – We add onions to chilis, stews, hash browns, as a focaccia topping… I’ll buzz them up very finely and use them as the base for a marinade… all kinds of stuff.


  4. I was surprised how well mine overwintered. I planted mine by saving the root section off store-bought scallions. It worked so well, though, I’m definitely going to double-down on it this winter.


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