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Parcel of Promise

There’s something about parcels.
Brown cardboard boxes.
They look inconspicuous but who knows what can be inside.

This one is special.


It’s not very big. But it contains much promise.


The makings of many great meals.


It’s all about perception. Some people will see hard work. I can see tiny shoots, delicate seedlings, mountains if courgettes, plates of promise.

We also did some sprouting seeds but were worried about the results so we’ve transplanted them into soil for indoor peas instead.


Another ambition of mine for the allotment this year is to develop more permanent plants. We already have plenty of fruit trees and bushes that return each year and strawberries and rhubarb too.

But vegetables that are permanent often seem more limited. We’ve developed an asparagus bed and some globe artichokes as a start and the Jerusalem artichokes seem impossible to wipe out so they are good too.

My latest perennial acquisition is particularly exciting. The walking or Egyptian onion. Also known as tree onion. Here’s a link tree onion


These weird creatures develop a bulb at the top of the stalk that can be harvested as well. The walking apparently comes from this bulb falling to the ground and rooting.

The packet says plant then as soon as they arrive. Any time of year except in direct frost! How exciting is that!

So on a Friday, what are our plans for the weekend?

And tree onions!


8 comments on “Parcel of Promise

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    February 7, 2014

    Good evening you post is fine in email but when you want to leave a comment it can not find it lovely post and thank you for following my post have a blessed weekend


    • lizard100
      February 7, 2014

      Thanks Linda. I’m not sure why. But I appreciate you letting me know. Have a good weekend.


  2. solarbeez
    February 8, 2014

    My plans for the weekend? I’ve got to build two more raised beds, but it’s supposed to be raining all weekend, so I might be forced to do my taxes…not much fun. For sure I’ll plant my “Good King Henry seeds. They will be put in a pot outside for 12 weeks, then brought into the house to germinate. Hope it works. GKH sounds like a great plant. I bought the seeds after reading this post…


    • lizard100
      February 8, 2014

      Well the raised beds on our plot are on the list too. We are also building a giant frame with the intention of training cucumbers and pumpkins up it. But the rain is indeed very much in the way.
      I’ve heard of good king Henry. It sound interesting. I shall check out your link. Thank you. Have a good weekend!


  3. litadoolan
    February 8, 2014

    Tree onions sounds fascinating. Look forward to watching them progress.


    • lizard100
      February 8, 2014

      They are. The permaculture movement is huge on having perennials. These have been mentioned in various places. Now I’ve tracked them down we shall see!


      • litadoolan
        February 8, 2014

        Permacultureā€¦ (reaches for dictionary) I’m learning! Have a great day.


  4. lizard100
    February 8, 2014

    It’s a revolution! I see it as joined up thinking. Each aspect or project can have more than one value or contribution. So the chickens eat the waste and then create manure. Their heat can be harnessed for a greenhouse. Their feathers cod be used for other purposes and their crazy disposition gives a joy. Perhaps I need to blog about it!


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