Let us welcome the new year as we consider all the things that were right with last year.

At the top of my own list was the pleasure of being outside and working in the garden! Spending time at the Memphis Botanic Garden with fellow herbies was even better, the perfect antidote to interesting times.

Yes, 2022 promises to be equally interesting, so I am starting early with my outdoor pursuits.  Most of the garden beds have been prepared for winter planting beginning in early February.

My seeds are organized, and I am considering filling in a few missing items, just in case there is another seed shortage this spring.  Fertilizer and amendment prices are predicted to increase, so now is the time to check and double check my supplies.  The gardening tools are in order, Hori knife, Japanese weeding sickle, and pitchfork.

My first planting took place this week, onions!!  Onions are a staple in my kitchen, and I’ve read that onions from seeds store better than those grown from sets so I am going to give it a try.  Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company offer some intriguing heirloom varieties, and I have started with two cultivars that look promising, Yellow Parma and Australian Brown. Charles Dowding suggests 6+ seeds into each compartment to later be transplanted outside, and even later thinned for use as green onions.  That will leave about 4 or so seedlings to develop into large or medium bulb onions.  I can hardly wait!

~~ Reni Erskine

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