Pre planting planning is an important process for management. We first prepare the soil, keeping the top soil protected from erosion is a core priority. Planting break crops to puts nutrients into the soil, is one strategy. The main point is the soil needs to be prepared to have tiny onion seeds sown into it.
Planting Onion Seeds
The technology of growing in Australia is advanced. A high proportion of our practices use machinery as opposed to manual labour. The planting process is an operation using a tractor and a planter implement. Technology communicates GPS location and the planter is programmed efficiently to the row spacings & sow depths. Once the seeds are planted the in depth growing process begins.
The next 9 months are my definition of my hubby’s pregnancy. He ever so intently watches his babies grow from right when they germinate, checking on them numerous times day and night, every day of their life. He gets up to them in the middle of the night, on a bad night it may be 2 or 3 times. They grow over the 7 months and each day they are monitored for health and illness, pest infestation, nutrient deficiency, root disease and water sufficiency.
Each and every day numerous decisions are made to aim to guide the plants to optimum health in what conditions nature provides. These daily decisions have implications from numerous angles, and some are beyond our control, from environmental, financial, efficiency options, yield potential, & sustainability as examples. The path to guiding the plants to optimum health during their growing stages requires vast reserves of patience, flexibility, communication, understanding and love. Pretty much similar to parenting really!
Our decisions are drawn from our own knowledge base, learning that has been passed down the generations, agronomist advice, weather forecasts, moisture probe meters, inputs availability & costs, historical data, SAP and soil testing, and at times you just have to tap into the ‘gut’ instinct for potential solutions to certain problems!