Hello dolls, how’s your week going? I hope well.

It’s been gorgeous here, save for the dang spring winds. Even they haven’t been too bad. I am not complaining, I love this time of year.

I thought I would check in today, on the topic of my winter onions. Woohoo – they’re growing! I planted them in November, and I’m hoping to harvest them sometime next month.

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

Growing red onions alongside garlic during the winter is possible, I believe, because the winters have become very mild in the Albuquerque area.

I’ve had my fingers crossed that growing them in the winter is possible, because I have limited room for growing vegetables – anything I can push off to a different season is awesome in my book. If I can grow big fat onions in the winter, I’ll have more room for summer crops like tomatoes and peppers. I can plant smaller onions with my summer crops, onions that don’t take up as much room, like vidalias or green onions, if I want to.

Right now, the plants look like they are on track to be ready to harvest at about the same time I’ll be itching to get my tomatoes in the ground, maybe a little later. The leaves are starting to turn brown, which is good, because it should mean that the plants are turning their attention to fattening their bulbs.

The garlic is still “cooking” too.

Here’s how the beds looked on a recent afternoon:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

I’ll keep you posted on the onions.

In other news, my first strawberry on the strawberry towers:

Good To Grow, Liza's photos, The Plant Lady Chronicles

The plan is to let the strawberries grow over years and hopefully increase their harvest along the way. The towers should give them plenty of room to spread.

If you have any onion-growing or strawberry-growing tips you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments section.

I’ll be back tomorrow, hope to see you back here.


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