Saturday, October 17, 2009

El Husbando...

This is himself.... I am just showing Rachel how to post pictures. This is some of the first batch of her salsa, using tomatoes, onions and jalepeno peppers from our garden.
Enjoy, folks!
El H


  1. YUM. We are nixing growing onions because they are so small and just seem to take too much watering and long to grow. I will have a go though of making some salsa when our tomatoes are grown.

  2. I'd consider the onions. You can do two plantings a year, so even in the "down season", there is something going on. Then in the spring, they take off.

    Depending on the soil where you are, if it is light enough, you may be able to get some good onions...Here we have clay, and that makes it hard to get the onions to grow big. But we're trying to lighten the soil a bit--adding the bedding from the chicken coop, cow manure, other easy-to-break-down organic products...So hopefully, the onions will get bigger each year...

    Same thing with the carrots. Our first year, we didn't get a single carrot, and our onions were the same size they were when we planted the sets! This year, our biggest ones were...let's see...the size of a small orange, and our longest carrots got to probably 6 inches or so? I put up 13 pints of carrots, so that was definitely something (we don't eat many carrots, and always in soup or pot roast, lol).

    Actually, I found the carrots and onions to be easier than the other garden plants. Not many pests, not constantly picking, no staking, no caging...nice low-maintenance plants. You might want to consider planting onions in a fall garden, as opposed to a summer one, so that the watering issue might be less (I don't know how wet your winters are down there). Or simply mulch them heavily with something like straw bedding, newspapers (just the black and white pages), or brown paper grocery sacks. Or some combination of both. Adds to the soil, keeps the weeds down, and helps keep the moisture level more consistent longer. Always a bonus so you're not having to water them.

    I think the only time we watered ours was shortly after we got them in the ground, actually. We had patches of very wet weather, but overall, it was a normal summer.