Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tree Feeder Roots

This is a reminder post to watch out for tree feeder roots.  If you put your compost pile too close to a tree then it will be a problem.  Tree feeder roots will penetrate into the compost absorbing the goodness from the compost pile.  Tree feeder roots are small roots that the tree sends out to collect nourishment.  If your compost pile is too close to the tree then it will get filled with feeder roots. It will be hard to separate the compost from the roots.

See this picture of Tree Feeder Roots

Tree Feeder RootsJust to get an idea of what tree feeder roots look like I took this picture.  The mass of roots is even larger than what you see here.  I put a quarter on top of the roots so you can get an idea of the size of them.  They are actually small roots.  The problem is that there are such a lot of them and they get all tangled into the compost. The tree really know what it is doing when it sends a mass of roots like this into a compost pile.  Great nourishment for the tree!!

This is just a reminder post to keep your compost pile away from your trees.  Or make sure that you line the bottom of your pile with something that is impenetrable to these tree feeder roots.  Here is an idea of what to do with tree roots in a compost pile.

For more information on feeder roots you can visit this link from Colorado State University Extension.  You will see after reading this that if you destroy small parts of the feeder roots like those growing in your compost it won’t affect the tree too much.  These feeder roots grow, die and are replaced on a regualar basis.

 

Planting Onions

Planting OnionsPlanting onions happens in early spring.  If you are looking to start gardening, this is a project you can get started on right now.  Planting onions is easy and they are satisfying to grow.  Since I have started growing onions I haven’t experienced any pests or diseases.  My onions have always grown without any problems.  I usually plant my onions around March 15th.  This year I waited until the end of March because the spring has been a little colder the last two years.  There is still plenty of time to start.  Onions like to grow in cool weather so they can be planted anytime in the month of April.

Planting Onions in the Garden

First I dig out a row.  It could be any length that you want.   My onion row is about 10 feet long.  I added some rabbit manure to the soil.  My onions are rather small so I thought that some rabbit manure might help them along.  I put each baby onion into the ground going down the row.  I don’t cover them until they are all in the ground.  This way I can see where they all are in case I need to fill in any empty spots.  Then I cover them and water them.

It is best to grow from onion sets.  These are baby onions that are immature.  They then grow into large onions.  I haven’t had much luck to grow onions from seed.  I guess some people might call this cheating but it is a very established way for planting onions.  I have tried seeds a few times and I will try it again but this year I am using onion sets.

As the onions grow I clip some of the leaves to use as scallions.  They are fresh and tasty in spring salads.  This could be one reason why my onions are small.  So this year I will leave some that I don’t touch to see if it makes a difference.

When the leaves start to bend over and turn yellow, it is time to harvest the onions.  I dig them up and let them lay in the sun on my porch for a day or so.  Make sure that it doesn’t rain on them.  When the stems have dried you can cut off the excess. Store them in a dry place.

I get my onion sets at WalMart– 80 bulbls for $1.86.  They have a selection of white, red and yellow onions.  Or you can order from Amazon:

Another great cool weather crop to start now is Sugar Snap Peas.  Here are some tips on planting Sugar Snap Peas.