At last, we seem to be having some winter weather. The sun is out and it’s frosty.
You probably can’t see any evidence of frost in the above photo but the ground is actually an itsy-bitsy bit hard. Hard enough to walk on without the now-familiar squelch of mud but not hard enough to stop the pegs holding down the cloche from going into the soil.
The cloche are not, however, there for the purpose of keeping my onions warm. Even the ones with plastic covers rather than netting are too battered and holey to serve such a purpose. The hope is simply that they will keep the birds off.
I’ve not generally had a problem with birds disturbing onion sets but this morning (the first time I’ve been able to see the garden in daylight since Monday) I noticed that one or two of the onions I planted last Friday had moved.
Anyway, with the advent of colder weather it will be interesting to see if the onions still flourish. Onions are ubiquitous in cooking, are they not, so it would be great if I got all 50 of the sets to maturity – and for the princely sum of just £1.99!