In April this year, I bought a punnet of red odourless onion seedlings. This is our first attempt at growing them in our veggie patch. The onion plants were growing nicely until middle of winter when something that look like buds were forming on some of the leaves tips. I feel cheated they all bolted. I think nurseries should not sell seedlings when it is not still season for them. This is not my first experience when I bought seedlings from the nursery and they all bolt. Our first and last bought cauliflower seedling also bolted. I find it is rude that some nursery still put in asian leaf vegetable like Pak choi in display when they are less than 5 cm tall but already producing flowers. Pea seedlings in display on the rack in October is also cheating customer. I resolved not to buy any brassicas or onions seedlings from nurseries. I will grow them by seeds. Since I am a novice at growing onions, I will need a lot of advices. I know that with many different variety of onions, day-length has to be taken in account. To make it worth the money I paid for those onion seedlings, I decided to be patient and collect seeds from them. Do you also have similar experiences like mine? I like to hear them.
Red odourless onion seeds about to pop out from the seed pods. I feel much better now I got fresh onion seeds that worth more than 10 dollars from our collection.
To cut next year cost of buying flower seeds or seedlings, we tried collecting seeds from flower seedlings that we bought in autumn this year for next sowing seasons. This year linaria, stock and cineraria is a new flower member blooming in our garden from end winter and we are playing guessing game on how to collect the seeds and what the seeds looks like. The flower name also was a new name for me to remember. I have to remember the linaria are tall plants and need staking. Above picture are linaria seeds and seeds pod. I learnt a lesson, I have to let them pop up naturally and wait until the seed pods are dried.
All our komatsuna (Japanese mustards) is ready to be harvested and the pest have start to attack them from last week. So this week will be komatsuna and leek week for us. The main vegetables for this week menu.
Here is another Ocean & Garden to Table Challenge. The whiting fish my husband caught on the weekend I cooked it with black bean sauce with leeks and last summer preserved chili pickles. A simple dinner with rice and stir-fry komatsuna freshly picked from the veggie patch.