Planting Onions in the Sunshine

It was so, so cold over the weekend. We had the fire going, and I avoided opening the doors at all costs. I dislike the cold. And then Monday it was still cold, and it started raining. The rain wasn't freezing, but it was cold enough to turn it into ice on the door handles of the car.

And then on Tuesday, it was glorious! Warm, bright, and lovely. Tuesday is our busy, out of the house day, but to go from wearing winter coats to not even needing a light jacket overnight was awesome. The joys of living in NC.

Wednesday is our first day of the week at home, and it's usually a day of recuperation because we're all so exhausted from leaving the house. The weather was again beautiful, not quite as warm, but still bright and sunny. So outside we went, we had onions to plant anyway.

We let the chickens and goats out first. I figured the goats would like to get a little extra exercise, and it gives them a chance to find something green. They love it but are always willing to head back in at the first sign of a feeding bucket. So while everyone was running around free and happy, we started working in the dirt.

(How cute is Noemi with her little rain boots on? I could just eat her up. She toddled around, completely nonplussed by the gigantic goats and chickens runnings around with her. No fear, whatsoever. She'd actually really like to get her hands on a chicken.)

First we pulled back the hay to get down to the dirt. I am really excited about how our dirt looks this year. It is very wet, but the rainfall this year has been exceptional. We found lots of worms and decomposition going on, though. We'll see if my weed-free plan works.

Eowyn just hit the ground with the hoe after Gideon and I pulled the hay back, and then we got to work putting the onions in the ground. Like I shared in my garden planting post, I ordered these onions from Dixondale Farms. I got 2 bundles of candy onions, 1 bundle of candy red onions, and 1 bundle of leeks. All of those are intermediate-day onions.

We planted them, as Rick from Stoney Acres suggests, 4 inches apart. I just showed the kids how to measure about four inches with the length of their fingers. My whole pointer finger is about 4 inches, and their pointer fingers to the thumb crease are about four inches. So we used our hands to space the onions.

(Noemi toddled everywhere, including right over the newly planted onions. How many times in gardening with kids do you say "Don't step on the plants!" I say it about ten thousand times every time we are out there.)

I planted each bundle in a square and left a little walking trail in between each square. We just stuck them in the ground, and eventually, Gideon found small sticks to use as hole punchers instead of our fingers. That made it go very quickly.

After we finished, we lightly covered them with the hay again. And we used some sticks for markers. We'll be getting lots of work in the garden done next week, and we'll need to know where those onions are planted so that we can mark them better.

Man, it felt good to get our hands dirty again. And to feel the sun on our faces and backs. I have high hopes for this little garden, but I do every year. Have you planted anything yet?


  1. No planting yet, but it's a little early yet for Nebraska. The garlic we planted last fall is coming up through the leaves we mulched with and we have several spinach and romaine lettuce plants that survived the winter. Quite a surprise. Our onions didn't do well last year, though we did get some good shallots and leeks. I'm looking forward to hearing how yours do.

    1. I want to remember to do garlic next fall, I've even though about doing it around the apple trees. I read somewhere it's a good deterrent to pests. We loved our spinach last year, I need to get some seeds in the ground soon, but that's awesome that your's survived!

  2. Looks like a great start. I love the way your son found a way to make his own dibbler. Hope you have cooperative weather the rest of the week! We are still harvesting lettuce, carrots, kale, snap peas and hoping for some broccoli soon!
    Thank you for joining us on The Maple Hill Hop this week! Happy planting!

  3. Great blog post, I know all about the joys of NC weather! Lol! Thank you so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader Hop!

  4. Our weather has been really changeable here too. Sadly it's too cold to plant anything here in the UK yet, but I really enjoyed reading this post. Scheduled to pin to my gardening board on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul.


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