I've continued with my onion sets experiment by harvesting and drying the onions at the small scallion stage. They've dried down and look a lot like the bundles of onions sets you'd buy at the store. I plan to store them in the root cellar until spring, when I'll plant them out first thing. I won't have to wait for them to arrive in the store. I won't have to plant some mystery variety that wasn't grown organically.
There's been some interesting insect life around my house lately that I thought I'd mention in the blog. While harvesting my basil for drying and to save it from the impending first hard frost, I picked up a couple of stowaways. These pictures don't really show their size well, but these praying mantises were close to 6 inches long. As you can see they blend in well with the leafy basil.