Alaska gardening, Onion sets today
Planted my onions sets today.
Walmart & HD had sets
Threw some spinach seeds & some last years lettuce in a bed for fun
Raised beds, the soil were mostly thawed. , I did hit ice down about 6"
According to a chart I found somewhere, 35 digs is the minimum temps for onion starts. 75 digs is optimumů Now if we could just whip the d****** maggots we could grow some great onions
I ordered 2 row covers to try & keep the flies from laying eggs &
I covered last years bed with plastic to try to trap the flies when they hatch.
I planted all the biggest bulbs , will plant the smaller ones in a week or so,
green onions for salads
I have some onion seeds,
might plant them under a covered bed too if I need more salad onions.
I planted a bed of white onions and covered them with visqueen for now. By the 15th I'll have the rest of the onions in the ground. (and covered)
Using my thermometer I learned that the raised bed with the planted onions, covered with visqueen is 50 degrees, all the other uncovered beds are right around 40 degrees. I'm going "all in" with the rest of my onions. and of course I'll cover them with visqueen til they sprout and then I'll switch the visqueen for the row cover.
Yea , Clear visqueen really helps with soil temp
Mark has some IRT ground cover cloth.
He uses it to grow tomatoes outdoors in his garden
Planted the smaller onion bulbs today & covered with a row cover
Row cover has hoops built in:
Some of the big bulbs I put in for winter onions are developing roots
Watered them real good today
Got some 10' wide row cover cloth
Cut some wire, drilled some holes , in the raised bed frame, made some hoops & covered
Sealed bottom with soil. Hoping keep the flies out.
Onions coming up , looking good !
Some of the spinach seeds popping thru too