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I have multiplier onions if anyone wants them

March 10, 2012

Hey everyone,

I have some multiplier onion bulbs left over from the fall. They’ve been in my fridge so they should still be good. I don’t have room for any more of them in my plot and I would hate for them to go to the compost if they can be of use to someone.

 

If you aren’t familiar with multiplier onions, they make fantastic green onions!! If you leave one or two in the ground they will….. TA DA!!! MULTIPLY!! Basically they make a cluster of bulbs which you can split and plant again, thus having an practically endless supply. The bulbs don’t grow that big so don’t plan on making onion rings or anything, but we use them all the time in salads and roasting chickens.

 

Leave a comment if you want them and we’ll work out a drop off. I have about 20 I think.

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Not sure where to start???

March 9, 2012

Here’s a great video from Peaceful Valley on starting a garden…

 

What’s up with the weather? February 2012 weather stats

March 5, 2012

So much for spring! You’ve probably noticed that this February was warmer than usual. A few of us already have our tomatoes in the ground and have had for a couple of weeks. Usually you’d want to wait until about the 2nd week of March to be safe, but when in the last few years have we had average weather??

So just how did February end up compared to a “normal” year? Let’s have a look!

February 2012

Average February

High: 92 Record High: 99
Average Daily High: 75 Average Daily High: 65
Low: 29 Record Low: -1
Average Low: 39 Average low: 45
Precipitation: 3.34″ Precipitation: 2.10″

So we had higher average highs, but also lower average lows and more than average rain. Looks like the weather was just more volatile. I wonder if this same trend will continue? 

January weather recap

March 4, 2012

I thought it might be useful to look at the weather each month and compare it to the averages so we can hopefully try to harness that knowledge and adjust planting accordingly. I’ve never gotten this “scientific” about it, so who knows if this will even help?? Worth a try though! Here’s January 2012 vs. the average January:

January 2012

Average January

High: 80 Record High: 90
Average Daily High: 67 Average Daily High: 62
Low: 31 Record Low: -2
Average Low: 39 Average low: 41
Precipitation: 4.70″ Precipitation: 2.22″

 

There you have it. Looks like we are running a bit warmer and wetter than “usual”.

Planting Calendars

March 4, 2012

Wondering when to set out your tomatoes? Curious about what you can put out in January? Planting calendars are the ticket to planning your season! These are easy enough to find with a web search, but why not make it easy on ourselves? These will also be added to the list of resources page, which can be found in the top right corner of the blog.

Travis County vegetable planting guide:

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/docs/VegetablePlantingCalendar2010.pdf

Austin Organic Gardeners’ planting calendar:

http://www.main.org/aog/plantcal.htm

Happy growing!

Watering hours

March 4, 2012

Watering hours at the garden are currently split up into 2 blocks. They are:

 

7:00 am – 11:00 am

 

-and-

 

3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Hopefully we’ll keep getting rain and get off these water restrictions!