Sunday, May 10, 2009
Welsh onions, saw, swifts
As long as I have had a vegetable garden I have always grown Welsh onions. They form bunches at the root, and you simply harvest the shoots from the base. A shoot, apart from providing something like a large spring onion, will grow into a new bunch of onions, if set in the earth. They constantly renew themselves at the root. If you left them , they would form globular, blue flowers. To encourage them to form thicker bunches, I remove the buds, as I did here after taking the photograph.
I hear the panting breath of a saw and smell the dust fresh from its teeth.
First there are their distinctive shrill cries. Then I see them above the rooftops: the summer's first swifts.