[Market-farming] transplanting weedy onions

Shawnee Flowerfarmer farmingflowers at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 21 20:53:06 EDT 2008

I had 1.5 acres of onions disappear in weeds ( bad-boy grasses and the usual forb villians) a few seasons back.  We waded through the rows with garden forks to harvest by faith because we didn't believe the onions could be there.  No bragging rights on the harvest, but the onions were marketable.  (A red torpedo type for fresh use, not storage.)  We did have to plow half the field under with onions still waiting before the weeds went to seed.  Since then, the onions get heavily mulched on planting out day; few weeds now.
Earlier that same season I had interplanted left-over Alysa Craig and Candy onion seedlings in the cutting garden amongst the cosmos.  Then I forgot about that in the seasonal craziness, and the flowers closed in the beds.  Later, when we came up short on the CSA box one week, I went looking for them under now 4 foot tall cosmos bushes.  We harvested 12-16 ounce cover-of-the-seed-catalogue-perfect onions. (Not really recommending that particular interplanting scheme but it did work once.) 
Good luck and do finish the story when you get a chance.  Shawnee, zone 5> From: lists at rhomestead.com> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2008 21:33:02 -0400> Subject: [Market-farming] transplanting weedy onions> > It has turned rainy, and I have onions that have grassy weeds in them.> Having spent two days trying to hand pull weeds, I am thinking it would be> simpler to dig up the onions and transplant them to a clean area. Anyone> transplanted onions this large/late?> > Beth Spaugh> Rehoboth Homestead> Peru NY> http://rhomestead.com> > "How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." -> Wendell Berry> > "Without power over our food, any notion of democracy is empty." - Frances> Moore Lappe> > -----Original Message-----> From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org> [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Pat Meadows> Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:09 PM> To: Market Farming> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Re Raspberry varieties> > On Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:42:15 -0700 (PDT), you wrote:> > >>> >> Anyone in the north have any advice on raspberry varieties? We are near> >> Boston, on the border between zones 5 and 6. We have had bad luck with> >> K81-6, a delicious summer bearer advertised as cold hardy. Not. We also> >> have a row of Lauren, which is hardier, but not great. Prelude does> >> wonderfully here, but the berries are only so-so. (We also grow two fall> >> bearers, Caroline and Polana.) We are looking for a winter-hardy> main-crop> >> summer bearer to replace the K81-6. Of course, we are looking for> >> excellent flavor, large coherent berries, and plants that are easy to> >> tend. What do you all grow? (and, to whoever mentioned it, thanks for the> >> tip on cardboard as mulch!)> >>> >So glad to hear someone else got the benefit of cardboard mulch! I'm near> >the Canadian border, Idaho, zone 5, going on 6 with warming and all.> >I lucked into the Best variety. There was a man in our area that had 7> >acres of raspberries in commercial production. > > I Googled it; I'm interested too. We are theoretically in Zone 5, but we> usually have Zone 4 winter minimums because of our altitude and particular> topography (we're on the north side of a hill, etc.).> > This outfit has them: http://www.ttseeds.com/PDF/08p69.pdf> > I never heard of the company before. Oh shoot. They only ship to Canada.> Well, I don't have time to search further at the moment; if anyone finds> these in the USA, please let us know. If I find them later, I'll let the> list know.> > We've managed to kill three different sets of raspberries. I think they> drowned in our HEAVY, WET, SOLID CLAY that holds water approximately> forever, and which I swear I could make pottery from - right as it is; no> amendment necessary - beautiful pottery, probably.> > Next time, we'll NOT amend the soil. Before, we were digging large holes> and putting good soil in the holes mixed with Pro-mix. Since then, I've> read that this just makes a bowl in the clay and that the roots cannot get> outside the bowl and therefore the plants die. > > If anyone has had success planting raspberries in solid, heavy, wet clay,> please let me know what you did. Thanks!> > Pat> -- > Northern Pennsylvania> > CLICK DAILY TO FEED THE HUNGRY> http://www.thehungersite.com/> _______________________________________________> Market-farming mailing list> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> > > > _______________________________________________> Market-farming mailing list> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming> 
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