Yesterday I was out in the garden again. This time planting onions. The bed was a little harder than normal to prepare as it had a cover crop of vetch growing on it. The cover crop included oats and peas, but those aren't winter hardy, so only the vetch remained. I didn't want to turn it into the soil since I didn't have time to let it rot for a few weeks. Instead I pulled it. I tried to leave the roots in the ground, but many of them got pulled as the plant got pulled. There were lots of those light pink nodules on it that had set nitrogen. That made me happy.
The ground right near the fence still had a small section that was frozen, but by my calculation I wouldn't be able to fill in the whole area reserved for the onions. I had two flats of onions, each flat contained 72 onion plants. The first flat was filled with Copra onions. They are my main storage onions. The second flat was half Redwing, a red storage, and half Ailsa Craig, a sweet onion. I put all of my alliums in one 4'x 16' bed. I take about 5' for the garlic and the rest is for the onions. They are planted on a 6' grid. I ended up with about a foot at the end of the bed left over. I'm thinking of putting in some lettuce that I want to go to seed. Some of my seed is getting old, so it seems a good year to collect more. Usually you separate the plants about 12' to keep the line pure, but I've found that even lettuce plants that are right next to one another will not cross (in my garden, with the insects I have, yours might be different). I ought to be able to tell if they do cross as some lettuce has white seed and some black. If I get mixed colors out of some plants, I'll know I've got a problem.
As I was planting my onions it started to rain. I took the above photo just as it started so I could put the camera back inside. I stayed outside in the rain to finish. It only took a couple of minutes as soil blocks are so easy to plant. You can also see my stool in that photo. When I was younger I didn't use a stool, but I've gotten older and a stool really helps the knees. It isn't really a garden stool as a garden stool won't fit in my narrow paths. This one is actually from some medical supply place. It is the perfect size. I just hope it holds up for a long time.