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August 4, 2008

2008 Garden update - Aug 4th

The update for today is...drum roll please... onions.
This was the first year I have ever planted onions and overall I am happy with the results and will definitely grow them again. I learned a few things along the way too. For instance, onions like to have very soft soil. I grew two different varieties a red and a yellow (sorry I can't remember the exact varieties.) and spread them out throughout different parts of the garden as a natural deterrent to some pest insects. This allowed me to see how they performed in different areas and I can say for sure that the onions in my raised beds overall performed much better.
I also think that the raised beds, because they are a higher quality soil, hold more water and release it more consistently allowing the onions to grow better.
The other thing that I learned is that you need to be patient when the onions start to look like they are done. I ruined about 6 or so of them by pulling them too early. Since I haven't ever grown them, I didn't know exactly what to look for as a sign of being mature so of course like everything else I experimented. Again, be patient. When the majority of the tops have fallen over, looking like some animal crept through your prized onion bed and knocked them all over, then wait a couple more days just to be sure. Then, what I did, was to gently pull the onion loose from the ground, but not all the way out. I left them to sit on the soil in the same way that I see the onions at the local farms sit. I left them to lay there during what were 95-103 deg days for about a week. After that I pulled them and laid them in my over size (3' x 2') garden sieve.
And here we were today after another few days. The onions had dried well and the papers on the outside were crackly and dry but the stalks were still semi pliable. I figured this to be the best time for me to try my hand at an onion braid. It's not as easy as you'd think it is.
So, whatya think? Not too bad for a first timer huh? There's actually two braids of the red onion but the second one was too short to put a good loop on the end so I laid in it front with the extras that I couldn't braid. So I bet your thinking how much? What's the poundage man...don't leave us hanging!! I'm proud to say we hit exactly 25 pounds between the two varieties. Oh yeah, and guess what that means? We're over 100 lbs for this year!!! Better yet, with the other things that we've taken in the last few days we're now over 125 lbs. This weekend should knock me up a few more pounds too with harvesting...oops, look at the time, my it's getting late, I'll have to get back with you on that one *grin*.
Hope all your gardens are growing well.
Grow on!!


Thomas said...

That looks great! I have 7 meters of yellow and red onions about to go up. I cultivated part of my front lawn and apparently they're doing fine with just that. Amazing.

esp said...

Wow -- they look great! Did you start them from sets or from seed? I'm thinking about onions for next year...

MeadowLark said...

Wow, I'm envious. Maybe onions next year. Good job!

farm mom said...

They're lovely P! Congrats on your onion success!

Grim's Sugarhood said...

It was my first year for onions (I live in SLC)and I'm very pleased with what I was able to harvest. I'll try some more next year too. I'm also going to try garlic this fall for an summer harvest next year. I went to the Garlic Festival in Gilroy last week and picked up some free bulbs for planting. The onions did well, maybe the garlic will too.

Sue said...

Hey they look great. I haven't grown red onions before, do they keep well? I've got yellow and white onions braided and hanging around my kitchen. I think they are pretty decorations.