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Crinum Bulbs. 3.16.18
Playing with the moon.
As to the onion, obviously a perspective illusion. Fun! Are they not?!
Keeping Mosquitoes out of your Rain Barrels
Isn't it amazing how many articles pop up after posting one piece? It is almost as though there were a traffic cop on the internet directing traffic toward a comment posted. Oh! there is!
Last few days have been extreme VFR weather and 65F... but today it's back to winter. Bah!
All the new tubers were showing at the top of the compost, or just below the top.
Yes Kathy, that dark tuber is the one I got from the grocery store. My memory isn't clear, but it seems like it was smaller than that when I planted it. I soaked it in water for a day or two to see if I could get rid of any anti-sprouting chemical on it.
I planted it about 9 inches deep in the compost, which I found-out is too deep. It looks like they should be planted with the top just showing above the compost.
It took one month for the first two sprouts to show. They grew at 2.2 inches per day and reached a height of 33 inches. Three more sprouts showed a month later, And three more at about one per month.
I cut the still green plants off yesterday, at 5 months, and dug-out the tubers in the picture.
Joan, that picture must be an optical illusion. The onion appears to be as large as the man, but it weighs less than 19 lb. The camera must be very close to the onion. When I thought it was as big as him, I didn't believe it.
Re rain barrels: I try to keep them covered in dry times. I also use a couple drops of motor oil which coats the surface. I'm hoping that small amount doesn't damage the garden.
Barbara, I'm blown away by your industriousness! You're an inspiration. Spud, your ginger tubers are awesome! Bet you're glad to have your bathtub back. I've started radishes in the basement.
We're over the hump as far as temperatures are concerned. From now on, the average highs increase daily! Hurray!
Barbara, I share your concern about standing water, too.
I use fine screen over buckets or barrels. Here are some ideas:
Rain barrels with screen
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