The whole issue with onions is growing the right type for your region. Onions form in response to how many hours of daylight they receive, so you need to choose not just the right onion but also the right planting window. Once onions are in the ground, they’re pretty easy. But definitely do your homework on the front end to make sure you’re getting the right kind.
These perennial weeds smell like their namesakes, and there’s no mistaking their presence when you mow over them. Wild onion has flat leaves, while garlic is round. They both grow from bulbs and form clusters similar to chives. To remove them, avoiding hand-pulling. It only serves to separate the main bulb from the tiny bulblets surrounding it, which remain in soil and sprout. To dig wild onion or garlic, excavate about 6 inches deep to get the whole bulb. Otherwise, spray with herbicide. The kind that kills nutsedge works on wild onion and garlic. In late spring, these weeds produce small bulbs atop long stems. Snip these and destroy them. They contain new bulbs—they’re this weed’s way of spreading and covering new ground.
Onions were an important food for the Pilgrims because they were easy to grow and stored well. In Gervase Markham’s The English Housewife, first published in 1615, a recipe for turkey gravy recommends including a “good store of onions.” This onion, ‘Pumba,’ is actually a great storage onion, but only recommended for Southern gardeners because it is a short day type.
If you cook at all, you’re probably familiar with the internal structures of an onion. Guess what? Onions are what’s known as true bulbs Tulips are also true bulbs. A true bulb has layers of fleshy tissue that act as the food storage organ. Roots form at the base of the bulb and serve to anchor the bulb in soil and absorb water and nutrients. When you buy bulbs, you’ll often see dried root remnants at the base of the bulb. Examples of true bulbs: onion, garlic, allium, daffodil, tulip, amaryllis, grape hyacinth, Dutch hyacinth, Dutch iris, scilla, lily.
An unused workshop in this home's backyard was renovated to include a desk area with wall-to-wall storage, a custom metal staircase leading to a guest loft, a custom kiln, a bar cart and new concrete floors.
The bookstore and cafe are divided by a wide front-to-back hallway, keeping the spaces distinct but cohesive. The high ceiling, skylights and playful mobile draw your eyes around the space. The clean white backdrop complements the salvaged elements in the design.
This theater is the largest of the four screens with seating for 170 people.The perforated metal screens on the walls provide the required acoustics for watching movies and the faux walnut panels on the ceiling create an elegant coffered design.
It’s important to gather the entire harvest of things like onions, garlic and potatoes, or you risk giving pests and diseases a spot to overwinter. Pests like onion maggots can survive winter in overlooked bulbs and infect next year’s crop.
The custom shelving unit delineates the dining room from the living room while providing storage space on both ends. Pale gray walls are offset by warm and lively accents across the room – a coral armchair, an electric fireplace and a potted fern – creating a cozy and eclectic whole.
“Falling in love with a vintage piece of furniture and basing the room around it is a great way to decorate,” says Niki Schafer, who designed this colorful, midcentury-inspired living room. “I always encourage clients to design with colors, patterns and textures they truly love not just what’s the latest fashion. Vintage midcentury modern pieces can be pricey but that will be reflected in their quality. Look for treasures at garage sales and flea markets, and consider reupholstering pieces with new fabrics to give your furniture a new lease on life without ruining its heritage or style.”