Wednesday, 2 November 2011
I have been experimenting with the Allium family this year, trying to produce everlasting crops. I am not too sure how successful it will be, but it can do no harm in trying.
Instead of digging my Leeks up I have been cutting them off at the base to see if they will re-grow.
As you can see from the photo it is sort of working. The green part of the Leek is pushing up again. Whether or not the white part of the Leek will come back is a matter of wait and see.
The same can be done with Spring Onions, or if you dig them up, you can then re-plant the base bit that you cut off.
As for normal Onions, well, as I have been using them I have cored out the root end of the Onion and soaked it in water to re-vitalise the roots, then planted it in a pot, to see if it sends new shoots out.
It is all a bit speculative and a case of waste not want not - I will keep you posted as to whether it has been successful. I have been wondering also about Garlic and whether that too would become a perennial if it was handled the same way.
Time will tell.
The late planting of Broad Beans I made in an old crate has been successful so far, but even though they are at the flowering stage, I doubt if they will start to form pods now, with the weather turning colder. Maybe, if I protect them against the weather, they will continue growing throughout the winter, to give me an early crop next Spring.
Again, we shall have to wait and see.
This is my pathetic grape harvest - just half a dozen small bunches - hardly going to set the world alight is it. It is the first crop I have had for a number of years - I don't think I prune it back correctly, so last year I left it to its own devices and bingo - grapes. I think there is a lesson to be learned here.
You can never have too many beans - that's what I say!