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Old March 7, 2016   #31
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Well thanks for taking a shot at it Robert. Computers were horrid for me in college (always a missed comma or period on those darn punch cards with a two day turnover - yes I'm old.) Somehow things clicked in grad school and I loved them and worked as a Cobol/Fortran programmer in a suburb of Boston until I got married too soon eons ago.

Anyway .. I'm a bit confused with the fertilizer. Onions are heavy feeders and side dressing is recommended. My onions were tiny last year, I didn't fertilize, and I don't want to make that mistake again. If the leaves (which are chipped) are still decomposing I'll be at a deficit. Hopefully someone who has used leaves will chime in.

Nothing more aggravating than a broken keyboard, always at the worst time too. Two dollars for a bunch from Dixondale is a steal. I'd go that route any day! I think it cost me more in lights!!!

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Old March 26, 2016   #32
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You know, they say that the memory is the first thing to go. I was talking to my wife about our Easter meal. I'm going to make pea salad, and I was thinking most onions sold this time of year are really strong. I don't want to make onion salad. So I say, "You could pick up a bunch of green onions."

Then I remembered, I have hundreds of green onions growing out in 7 different places in and around the garden - between tomato plants - coming up volunteer. At least I remembered...eventually.
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Old March 26, 2016   #33
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I'm at the stage I dont want to kill and eat them.

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Old March 26, 2016   #34
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I know what you mean Worth. The ones in the first picture are about to become fully shaded all the time. There's a tall elm tree about 5 feet away from them. That elm puts on leaves a full month after all the other elm trees here do. Yet the leaves look the same once they've grown out.
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Old April 18, 2016   #35
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It looks like I have a chance at some Texas 1015Y onion seeds. There's at least 7 plants with seed heads. See all those oak leaves? I have no idea where they came from? We had already raked and mowed oak leaves from the yard and this onion bed. After the storms - you find all kinds of odd stuff.
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Old April 18, 2016   #36
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A lot of my onions are putting up flower stalks as well, even some of the I'itoi are doing it. Must be the planets.
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Old April 18, 2016   #37
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All of my onion plants are flat on the ground now after the pounding rain we had.
As far as blooms only the 3 so far the rest are getting fat.
One onion in a container split one of its skins.
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Old April 19, 2016   #38
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Worth, My onions are flat on the ground too but when we get some sunshine most of them hopefully will partially stand back up.
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Chllipeppa, about the planets...mars and Saturn are in Scorpio right now so you may be right.
Don't know if anyone gets up early round here but at about 5 in the a.m. you can see it in the southern sky.
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And Mars has just gone retrograde, lol. Good for me, stays in my 5th house longer.
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Old May 1, 2016   #41
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Green Onions Texas Style

These came from the last picture on post 32. They are onions from ones that went to seed last year and started growing in clumps. They won't get any bigger because when I relocated them - I didn't separate them. I grew them this way hoping to get more seeds and to use them in a Cajun dish that I like (It doesn't have a name) I'll post the results in Worth's Cheap Eaten thread.
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Wow, beautiful!
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Old May 1, 2016   #43
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Mmmm, they look delicious!!
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The heavy down pour we had spelled doom for most of my onions, it broke the tops so they stopped bulbing.
Oh well I still have onions and know what to do next year.

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Thank you everyone.

Worth, "Oh well I still have onions and know what to do next year." That is exactly how I garden and learn in general.
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