Last year in November, we planted onion seeds in our garden. Planting any vegetables from seeds is extremely difficult. When we lived in America, we could just go down to our local OSH or Home Depot, and pick up a bunch of fairly large, already hardened off potted vegetables. Just stick them in the ground, give ’em a little water and fertilizer every now and then and you got yourself a healthy vegetable plant. We also lived in Northern California with it’s wonderfully sunny weather almost all year round. The growing conditions were so good, it was almost like we were cheating.
Fast forward to our Chibu days, and it seems like we’re always struggling to keep our plants healthy and growing. We live in very rural Japan, filled with tons of bugs that love to eat our veggies. We also have to fight with the typhoons and high winds that visit us in the summer and the snow in the winter. There are also those pesky 2,000 tanuki that love to eat out of vegetable gardens (luckily, they haven’t come around our plants *knock on wood*).
Here’s the result of our onion harvest:
We planted them a little too late, so this year we only get little baby onions. It’s amazing that you have to plant the onions in fall and only get to harvest them in May or June of the following year. I was a bit skeptical as I looked at the little green onion tops sticking out of the snow in January. But they continued to grow as the snow thawed and now we can enjoy some yellow and red onions in our salad tonight 🙂