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#1 ShotgunWedding OFFLINE  

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Posted August 20, 2017 - 01:58 PM

This is our first onion crop of early onions which were planted in the house under grow lights in March.  Planted outside May 20.

These are sweet Spanish type, "Super Star". not great storage onions (actually quite poor), but sweet but full flavoured.  Was an All-American Seed winner in 2005 or something like that, been growing them for quite awhile.

 

Enjoy the pics.  Pic #1 is onions in wagon ready for washing/drying.  Pic #2 is obligatory GT tractor shot.  Pic #3 is all washed in our drying pallet which is on wheels that we use to haul seedlings in and out n spring during hardening off time.  Just a cut pallet with castors and some panels put along side and in middle.

 

 

 

 

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Posted August 20, 2017 - 02:48 PM

I don't pull the onions till the tops fall over good.  Very few are green any more.  Also , like potatoes, don't wash or clean them before storage.  Let the onions sit out to dry for a couple weeks, dirt and all.  Then tie the tops together in bunches of 4 or 5 and hang in cool place.  No place to keep them all winter so end up chopping them up and freezing them.  Still great for cooking.  Nice looking onions.  We plant a row of Candy Onions each year.  Real sweet and can be ate like an apple.


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Posted August 20, 2017 - 07:52 PM

Nice looking batch of onions. Mine are a little larger than a golf ball tops still green. These are the ones left from thinning out for green onions. I braid mine on a string. The tops dry together like a rope then like Chieffan mentioned I leave some dirt on them while drying. I like your yard cart too.
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Posted August 21, 2017 - 07:08 AM

Hi again.  You guys are right about not washing normal onions that have the paper outer skins.  These do not, they are smooth and have no outer protective skin at all.  They will last probably until November or December where I am like Cheiffan and chop 'em up and freeze for sauces, soups etc.  Works pretty good.

 

Thanks for the comments on the cart, she's a beaut for sure.


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Posted August 21, 2017 - 09:10 AM

We grow sweet onions, mostly just for making sweet pepper relish.  Ours for some reason can get huge, but this year were about 4" diameter.  Our last garden 3 years ago gave us some onions 7" in diameter (Vidalia) which we picked up the sets in Georgia while at our annual March dairy meetings.  I remember my childhood of seeing onions tied and hanging out in the same shed where I now park my truck.  What I grow can't be saved that long.


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Posted August 21, 2017 - 10:13 AM

Last time I grew them we planted 2000 of them and only harvest 200. 


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