Outdoor Potatoes and Onions 2015

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I kinda liked the onions last year, especially because the pansy planted in the onion pot looked great all summer. Maybe that's the onion. Maybe it's the potassium-heavy root-vegetable fertilizer. Let's do it again!

The 2 month onion starts I grew from seed look utterly pathetic. So I also picked up some onion bulbs at a big box store, some of them already sprouted and looking 10x tougher than my seedlings. Planted both. The green onions from last year are waking up and resuming life in their saddle planters.

Planted one potato bag, with 5 sprouted Red Norland. Used a little Gurney's potato fertilizer, though it says to add that after the plants emerge.

April 11: Planted 2nd potato growbag with 5 more sprouted Red Norland. No fertilizer in this bag - will wait til they emerge as per instructions. The seed potato bag said "plant with onions" so added 4 more onion bulbs to the bag. Also put 5 onions under the front stoop.

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The plant didn't survive the

The plant didn't survive the hard freeze. But lookee! It didn't need to flower. yes Not much, but the plant didn't get very big.

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Left the potato out to

Left the potato out to weather the hard freeze. Still no sign of flowering.

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Found another onion today.

Found another onion today. smiley Actually two, but I plugged one of them back into the garden.

The late potato is still growing, but no sign of flowering yet, so don't think it'll set tubers.

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The little potato plant looks

The little potato plant looks happy. I have my doubts it's going to set any tubers, because it hasn't flowered. But it has a slight chance...

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Harvested another 3 onions.

Harvested another 3 onions.

I must have left a little potato in the bag. Unlike the ones I tried to sprout indoors, this one took.

I read up on sprouting potatoes. Apparently after harvest they "go dormant" for at least a month. Hence the trouble trying to sprout the next round. But, as I'd seen before, they do sprout if left in the ground all summer.

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Still have a couple onions

Still have a couple onions out there. Plus several others I've lost track of and might find someday. blush There was a ring of onions under the cucumbers, that no longer have leaves. Should have grabbed those sooner, I guess.

I set out 4 little potatoes to bud and replant, but there's no still no sign of life. So... I guess there won't be a second planting of potatoes this year.

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Harvested another 11 onions

Harvested another 11 onions yesterday, of various sizes. The smallest ones were attached to dead plants. There are still more in the garden. The onions are delicious, very sweet.

Planted a zucchini seed in one of the potato grow bags, and in the garden. Only the potato bag one germinated so far.

None of the potatoes I've tried to sprout for a second planting have shown any life yet, some at the 4 week point. Probably about time to just give up and eat them. It's about 90 days to Halloween now, awfully late to plant potatoes.

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Harvested 2nd bag of potatoes

Harvested 2nd bag of potatoes today. Looks like more than the previous bag.

I fished out the two little potatoes I planted after harvesting the last bag, and put them on a shady bit of windowsill, wet, to sprout. They're not sprouting. I may have to donate some fatter potatoes to the re-planting experiment.

These are delicious, btw. Red Norland are really, really good, if you like waxy potatoes. I dice them and put them in the microwave, tossed with a bit of oil and seasoned salt (McCormick Smokehouse Maple) and a wet paper towel over the top. Yummm....

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Harvested 4 more onions in

Harvested 4 more onions in the past 2 weeks.  One of those two modest onions in the picture had a huge plant above it, like nearly 4' tall, with a flower bud. It was under the cucumbers, and I didn't want them interfering with each other. And I wanted some onions...

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Thanks, Beth. They tasted

Thanks, Beth. They tasted great too.

I cancelled that idea, of plugging onions into the potato bags, because I had to add layers of soil to the potatoes, which kinda buries the onions. The onions sure seem to like potato fertilizer, though. Pansies, too. smiley

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