Our 2021 Garden: onions – to trim or not to trim?

I remembered to get a photo of our onions in their new location in the sun room.

I ended up removing the plastic on the mini-greenhouse frame, so it wouldn’t get too warm, and so there would be air circulation from the ceiling fan.

This is early enough in the morning that the room is still “dark”, but once the sun comes around, it gets many hours of sunlight. The ceramic heater is just enough to keep the seedlings from getting chilled overnight. We’re supposed to get snow starting tomorrow night, at with point I might put the plastic cover back on.

There should have been trays for three types of onions in here by now, but the shallots died off and I had no seeds left to try again, and the reseeded bunching onions are still in the aquarium greenhouses inside, for a while longer. By the time those are ready to be moved over, we’ll be bringing the tomatoes and gourds into here, too.

I have a question for those who grow onions from seed.

Should I trim these?

I’d read that onion seedlings should be trimmed when they reach about 6 inches, to about 3 inches, while they await transplanting. I would have done it by now, however, I’ve since heard from people who say to NOT trim them, because then you get smaller bulbs. They were pretty adamant about it, while others were just as adamant about the opposite.

I’m inclined to trim them, but I wanted to hear from anyone with more experience than me with growing onions from seed. I am more than eager to listen to the advice of others!

Did you trim them, or not?

What do you recommend?

The Re-Farmer

Are you staying home?

So… I did a bit of shoveling when I headed out to do my rounds this morning.

There is no drifting in front of the house, so the depth of snow you’re seeing is what fell. I figure it’s about 6-7 inches. There is still a light snowfall as I write this. We’ve got winds from the north, but nothing like we had overnight.

Between the snow and the stay-at-home conditions right now, I thought I’d share this questionnaire I found. It’s being passed from blog to blog, so I don’t know who to credit for it, but I thought it might be fun. Feel free to leave your own answers in the comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you staying home from work/school?

Home is my “work”, so… no? Yes? My husband is on disability, so no change for him. One daughter works at a pharmacy, and while her hours may have been cut, she is an essential worker and still has her job. My other daughter has an internet based business. So really, not much change for any of us.

If youโ€™re staying home, who is with you?

My husband and my daughters.

Who would be your ideal quarantine mate?

My husband and my daughters.

Are you a homebody?


An event you were looking forward to that got canceled?

None. We don’t really do stuff like that. Everything is either too far away or too expensive. Or both. The one thing we’d planned that got cancelled at the last minute was a dinner with my brother and his wife. I was really looking forward to that.

What movies have you watched recently?

Hmm. I don’t usually watch movies. I think the last one I watched was Paprika.

What shows are you watching?

Mostly YouTube channels I’ve been discovering. Also stuff on Tubi. It’s free and while some things have commercials, they are short and quiet. I discovered the series, The Edwardian Farm and The Victorian Farm, and now I’m hooked on Peter, Ruth and Alex.

What music are you listening to?

I don’t actually listen to music much anymore. If I’m working in the basement or outside, and not making too much noise in the process, I’ll get a playlist going. I have very eclectic interests. My daughters have found some very interesting artists they’ve introduced me to, as well. My playlist includes Tom Waits, Cosmo Sheldrake, The HU, Tengarr Cavalry, Sam Lee, Wardruna, Twenty One Pilots, Mumford and Sons, Sivu, Eliza Rickman, Garmarna, Unwed Mothers, and songs from the movies Dhoom I, II and III, among many others.

Excuse me while I get some music going while I answer the rest of this! ๐Ÿ˜€

What are you reading?

If the questions means reading of books, sadly, I don’t read anywhere near as much as I used to. Too many distractions, and my eyes aren’t what they used to be. I’ve been working my way through the Bible again, through a ‘chronological Bible in a year’ daily devotional. Most of the reading I do are articles I find while doing research and blogs I follow.

What are you doing for self-care?

Hhhmm… That’s not something I really think about. It’s just sort of woven into my days. Things like, letting go of situations that are not in my control. Not taking on too many things at once. Doing crochet and other crafts. Learning how to do new things. Researching stuff that interest me. It’s something I had to put a priority on, many years ago. One of the things I discovered about myself is that I have to write. There was a time when circumstances prevented me from sitting down and writing at all, never mind on a regular basis. The girls would have both been under 10 yrs old at the time, I think. After about a year, I found myself in a pretty bad place, stress-wise. It was really awful. Setting aside time to write regularly made a HUGE difference. So I guess my biggest “self-care” activity right now is writing in this blog!

So how about you? How has the Wuhan virus affected you and your household? How are you holding out?

The Re-Farmer