Over the weekend, I finished preparing garden bed number two. I used my garden fork to turn over the soil, raked it out and raised the edges. Since I haven’t found a source for the type of manure that I want to use, I raked in about 3 pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer.
Then, my daughter helped me plant yellow onion bulbs. Since we want scallions or green onions, we planted them about 3 inches (7.5 cm) deep and spaced closely, so they touched.
We also prepared garden bed number one. My daughter pulled out the stalks from old plants and I dug up the bed with the garden fork. A few onions remained in this bed, so I carefully dug them out with the fork and re-planted them in garden bed number two, extending the row we made earlier. There were three kinds of onions: yellow onions from bulbs like what we had just planted, some ‘red long of tropea’ onions that I started from seed last year, and some ‘heshiko’ japanese bunching onions that I also started from seed last year.
I also dug up the remains of some carrots. Last year, I found carrots that wintered over in the garden, but the longer, colder winter this year must have been too much. I found a few parsnips too, but they were too small to be usable and as they are biennials I expect that they would flower and produce seed, rather than edible roots, if I re-planted them.