Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Moonplanting Onion Trial Part 3

Exciting News!! I have onion seedlings!! Yay!! Look...

And what is really interesting is that Pot 2 (on the right, and planted according to the correct Moon Phase) has twice as many seedlings as Pot 1, which was sown a week earlier...fascinating stuff!

Monday, 20 December 2010

Moonplanting Onion Trial Part 2

Here we are, one week later and my second pot of onion seeds is sown. So now we wait and see what happens.

Interestingly, there is a total lunar eclipse tomorrow morning (around 6.30). I wonder if that will have an effect, or whether this will already have been calculated into the Lunar Planting Calendars (I asked Zazen, but she didn't know). I've also had a look on, which has a moonplanting calendar you can look at for free, but it also doesn't mention eclipses having an effect...interesting, very interesting.

Edit: I've been doing some research on the web, and suggest that whenever there is an eclipse, conjunction or opposition, it is best not to do anything in the garden or at the allotment, so this trial may be flawed, but it's still very interesting. Well, I'm intrigued enough to maybe buy myself a moon planting calendar.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Moon Planting Onion Trial

Today I am starting a Moon Planting Onion Trial with my lovely friend Zazen.

She's very into Moon Planting, and is our resident guru on the 'Grapevine'. I've often 'looked in' on her trials but never actually taken part, but this evening I thought 'to heck with the rain outside, I'm going to do this one!'

What makes it doubley exciting for me, is that I've never grown onions from seed before, only from sets.

Here's the rules:
  • Take 2 pots and fill with the same compost.
  • Take a pinch of onion seed, and sow today, into one of the pots, and label.
  • Next Monday sow a pinch of seed into the second pot, and label
  • In 12 weeks time we'll compare pot 1 against pot 2

Sounds simple doesn't it?

Well, here are my two pots, with pot 1 duly labelled. I'm using Suttons 'Long Red of Florence' onion seed, purchased a few weeks ago, so it's completely fresh, and peat free multi-purpose compost (coz I haven't got any seed compost in at the moment, hopefully that won't make a difference). I've placed the pots on the kitchen floor, which has underfloor heating, and in next to the French Doors, so they'll get plenty of light.