Onion Garden

What is a garden of onions called?  It works to call a garden of strawberries a strawberry patch, or a garden of potatoes a potato patch, but can you call an onion garden an onion patch?

Well, onion garden, onion bed, or onion patch – whichever it is – we’ve got one.

Between the driveway and the main garden there is an area that long ago was landscaped to be a flower garden area.  It was greatly unsuccessful, mostly due to local wildlife using it as a pantry, and it has been decades since it ever had flowers in it.  When we moved in we were not sure exactly what to do with it.  Because of the layout and design it is nearly impossible to fence it from wildlife.  Should we try to plant some flowers that deer don’t like?  We considered that, but ultimately decided to make it productive instead.

There are few vegetables that can be planted outside of fences and not get demolished by deer, elk, rabbits, chipmunks, and the like.  Onions and garlic are two of them.  Enter the idea of the onion garden (patch? bed?).

Garden Enemy #1 - Saw this guy taking an afternoon rest today.  I love it when their antlers are growing in and are covered in velvet!  Beautiful to look at, bad for ones garden.

Garden Enemy #1 – Saw this guy taking an afternoon rest today. I love it when their antlers are growing in and are covered in velvet! Beautiful to look at, bad for the garden.

So we took the former flower garden and we fixed it up a bit.  It is slanted (as is everything in the Rocky Mountains), so we tried to build up the rock terrace as much as possible to help make it a little less slanted (though it still is not level).  We also put in some new dirt/compost mix, and made a small upper terrace.  Lastly we put in a few stepping-stones to make it easier to access everything.  Today, we planted the onions and garlic in it.

Yes, I know that garlic is generally put in the ground in the fall.  However, I have been researching cold-climate, high-altitude gardening a lot lately to try to learn new things and I have found that it is said that in our climate you can plant garlic in early spring and have a nice fall harvest.  So we are going to try it out (not that I consider this “early” spring), and see how it goes.

103_0144Again, it felt so great to be out in the sun and warmth today, working to plant food for the family!

Tomorrow we start planting in the main garden!!!  We will be putting in hundreds of seeds of 7 different plants.  I’ll share more details after the hard work is done tomorrow!

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