The kikuyu grass is really getting ahead of us at the moment. We have just finished untangling our poor lemon tree from its creeping advance. Our garden is still a mess, but there are plenty of good things among the weeds. The Jerusalem artichoke flowers have been beautiful, and we are looking forward to our first crop of artichokes. The onions have been another triumph.
Kevin and I have never tried to grow onions before, and we are delighted with the success of our first crop. We planted seed for two varieties:
Pukekohe Long Keeper (This was a special strain developed at Koanga Gardens to do well here in Northland, as we are supposed to be a marginal area for growing onions.)
Stuttgart Long Keeper (I bought these from King’s Seeds.)
Both varieties did really well. I plan to replant the best of our onion crop in the spring, so that it will run to seed. In this way, I hope we will end up saving a line of onion seed that performs reliably in our bio-region.
Since harvesting the onions, we have enjoyed French onion soup, onions sauteed with zucchini and garlic (also from the garden), and onions sauteed with carrots (from the garden) and a few dried apricots. All delicious! These onions are wonderfully flavoursome and pungent. Our eyes smart as we cut them.
I have dried out all the onions and braided most of them into six big braids. This way, the onions can decorate our kitchen as well as fill our stomachs.