Unexpected onions

Today I finally got around to planting out the lettuce in the potager garden. What I want from the garden is not so much to produce great quantities as to learn how to grow a variety of things. Last year the garden turned out quite a few beets, carrots, leeks, and tomatoes. Other plants didn’t perform well – the cucumbers didn’t give much, and leafy greens picked up black spot from the commercial compost I started with (the master gardeners locally knew about this problem). Alex and I turned a binful of our own compost into the beds and it seems to have overcome the black spot issue. That’s good news in a bad year for gardening. Our governor, Chris Gregoire, asked the president to declare a farming disaster in several counties. I still don’t have a single ripe tomato, the carrots bolted before they got big enough to eat, … Continue reading