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PostSubject: Bulb onions   Sat Apr 10, 2010 6:00 pm

sunny
ahhhhhhhhhhhh today it is onions...i don't eat them myself, but i do cook with them and i luv to grow em
i will include the place where i get them at the bottom of this entry and you can check them out..
they are really nice folks and have tons of info on line on how to

i have gotten to the point where i grow two types.. both long day onions..a sweet eating onion called walla-walla and a keeping onion, copra

here's a pic of some of the copra that i still have from last years crop..yep they will keep for a year..
these are about 4 or 5 inches..where the wallas-wallas can be up to 8 inches





this year the local feed store said they would have the plants i wanted...they lied..sigh
they only had the walla-wallas..so i shared some of those with a friend cause i am trying to down size
and when they didn't have the keepers i got on line and of course, i ordered more stuff than i needed
downsize... scratch poke

got some fancy ones called red marble cippolini and some lancelot leeks..i have always wanted to try those
especially to make leek and potato soup ..yum




soo so much for downsizing..sigh

here is what the ones i bought at the feed store look like...basically the same as when they come in the mail

they are live plants



and they are all sizes..the size you plant really doesn't matter ..give the tiny ones as much space as the bigger ones



well my little growing box just isn't going to be big enough..that's for sure
i went with 8 inch rows and about 6/7 inches between plants
which is squeezing them a bit
but i also have the big plot in the garden where they will get more roomso we will see if the box let's them grow as big

i only have room for 4 more rows and i want to plant the keepers in here also soooooooooo
only two rows of walls wallas..20 total





one knuckle deep in soft soil..make sure they stand up straight
and water in


onions don't like to be buried deep and will grow with their shoulder out of the soil..so don't panic
they also like it hot and not real rainy






so the remaining 52 went out into two rows in the big plot
which now has two rows each of yukon gold and red pontiac potatoes
and a row of 50 some garlic
and now two rows of walla wallas
and it will also get some copras





oh yeah i can hear you..
what in the world do i do with all those onions

in a word

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here's one place to check them out......i don't know about oz..sorry
http://www.dixondalefarms.com

lots of pics as well as lots of good info

oh yeah, here's some important info from their site



Short-Day Onions
■Start bulbing process when day length reaches 10-12 hours
■Mature in 110 days when planted in the south during winter or early spring
■Mature in 75 days when planted in northern states in late spring
■The earlier you plant them, the larger they get

Intermediate-Day Onions
■Start bulbing process when day length reaches 12-14 hours
■Will produce nice-sized bulbs unless you live in far south Florida or south Texas
■Mature in 110 days when planted at the proper time
■Exceptionally sweet

Long-Day Onions
■Start bulbing process when day length reaches 14-16 hours
■Do extremely well in northern states
■Sweet, storage, and specialty long day varieties available
■Excellent for long storag



good growing
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PostSubject: Re: Bulb onions   Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:14 pm

The stuff I am learning here will be helping in my veggie plot, because I didn't know half of the things you have told me.

If I can a question, what's the place to store your 12 months onions in.

I am sure I read a post here once when you wrote you had 7 children affraid is that right,

cause if it is, gold medal to you sky, I would have been in an enforced coma, toast

They all gone now, but they come back, are they all around the US or close by? Dont have to answer this, after all this is your harvesting thread. Just being my usual snoopy dog self. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Bulb onions   Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:22 pm

lol!


biggs you're crackin me up
7 kids....ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nooooooooooo

no in this life time i have choosen not to reproduce..

so no kids..just critters and in-laws..hahahahahaa

storage.after they dry a bit..someplace cool and dry and dark...ice chest in an unheated garage
is where they were till december
then
we put them in the frig crisper

i have an extra frig for some stuff in the basement and that's where they are right now
hopefully we can finally get a root cellar this year for storage

thanks for the chuckle
hugv

and i'm sure you will have different growing conditions there..
but if i can show a few that it is possible to grow these things
then i will be happy
so i am soo glad you are getting something out of it
please any questions are great...
i don't know everything but i do know some things
and am willing to share

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PostSubject: Re: Bulb onions   Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:42 pm

Thanks Sky,

I don't know, that's how nutty I am, thinking you had the seven children. affraid

The furry friends make up and are more companionable, less stressful, more loving and giving than a lot of STS two legged ones imho, wise, wise choice sky.

That's what I intend to do when I finally get me tush into somewhere, get me furry bottoms back to sleep on me bed and cuddles and smooches everyday.

Biggsy puts cat paw on sky's hand, and gives sky a furry kitty cuddle. purr
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