Hello farmers, I hope this finds you well. The last time I wrote to the blog I was waiting to transplant the onions in two weeks’ time. Since them, a lot has happened that has made me a better farmer and I would like to share the same with you.
I am currently waiting to harvest the onions. Hopefully in the next 3 weeks. Throughout this time, the onions have been attacked with blight which caused the leaves to turn greenish yellow. So if you spot yellowish leaves on your onions, move fast and spray against blight. Ideally as a farmers, you should be proactive and spray in advance against blight and pests.
Another thing I found out is that water in the early stages is very important for the development of onions. I made a mistake of not sorting out water issues in time and as a result some of my onions have tiny leaves as compared to some that got good water which have well developed leaves. At the moment, I am working on watering them well and I have also decided to apply C.A.N to help with development (whether it is a good idea or not I will find out soon).
My advice to farmers, do your homework well before planting. A start with a manageable amount of onions since It is a learning experience. Drip irrigation is a good idea but it will take up more space since you have to plant where the drip holes are.
Other than that not much has happened. I am certain had I used good fertilizer at the right time and sorted out the water issue earlier, I would have had better onions. I am however hopeful for harvest. I will update you on that.