This is the first year that we don't actually have any break from the garden in any month of year 2011. Previous years, the month of July is spending time daydreaming about the garden or browsing through catalogues or looking at gardening book picture. However, the allium family makes us very busy in winter season this year with preparing veggie patch, sowing and transplanting seedlings. Our first winter, we only had garlic and spring onion as representatives for allium family. Second winter season, additional members are leeks, chives, red onion and brown onion. Now our third winter season since we involved ourselves in gardening, we are trying our first time to grow shallots, potato onions, Egyptian walking onion, different variety of garlics and brown onions. On top of that the number of garlic cloves and onion seedlings planted this year were more than at least 5 times last winter. So, this winter is all about the allium group. Why allium? The main reasons are I don't have to worry much about pest and it does not need much water compare to others. Rows of garlic and brown onion plants along our drive-way.
Matador shallots and garlic growing in container at different growth stages.
New members in our garden from the back row are Potato onions, Matador shallots, Red Adelaide Garlic, and Creamgold onions.
Red Odourless Onion seedlings inter-planted with other vegetables because it is growing so slow at the moment.
Last year spring-sowed Aussie Brown Onions have start to bloom this week. Hopefully, it will be pollinated well by the bees and we can save some seeds. Another task, collecting seeds from the allium group. Allium are usually biennial which produce seeds on its second year of life.
Now its August, end of winter.
Allium preparation for this year is almost completed.
Its up to them, to perform or not this year.
We only need to sow leeks and spring onion seeds now, with just a little bit of work with transplanting.
Hopefully, we have more success than failures with allium this year.
So What is happening in August in our garden?
Its the start of seed potatoes planting now at our place.
See, no rest from the garden this year.
Next month is spring here.
September-The Start of Summer Seeds Sowing time.
The first year in our garden, No Rest.