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Harvesting Onions

August 9th, 2017

I finally got my internet back up and running, the technician said that pretty much every modem in our town was zapped by the big storm. After furiously catching up on work, I’m back to being able to post to the blog. The good thing about having minimal internet, is that it gave me time to get my onions harvested, which needed done…..last week. Storage onions should be given minimal water in the weeks leading up the harvest, this will help them store longer and better. I always try to harvest them early if a lot of rain is in the forecast. We had rain last weekend, a half an inch. So not tons given the dryness of the soil, but still more than I like for them to get. Ideally I prefer to harvest them after a long, hot dry week (which we had last week).

Even though the conditions weren’t ideal for harvest, they will store fine enough. Most likely they won’t last until next April, but they will last long enough to be used up. I should weigh my storage onions one of these years. It always seems like there are way too many of them to weigh. It would be nice to know how much I end up growing each year.

What are you harvesting in the garden this week?

3 Comments to “Harvesting Onions”
  1. kristin @ going country on August 9, 2017 at 6:15 am

    I finally pulled my garlic a few days ago. It did really well. I wish now I had planted more, but this was the first year for me gardening here, so I wasn’t sure what would work and what wouldn’t.

    It’s been so wet and cool here, we’re still harvesting peas and lettuce, which blows my mind. It’s like the year with no summer. I’ll be lucky to get any ripe tomatoes before the freeze. Boo.

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  2. Nebraska Dave on August 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Susy, wow, that’s a lot of onions. Is there any thing that you don’t put onions in? I’m starting to use more onions and would like to use more garlic in my cooking.

    This week I’ve harvested more sweet corn, tomatoes, green peppers, eggplant. I really need to start harvesting the cabbage to make sauerkraut and start digging up the potatoes. Both are past ready. It will be the first year I’ve actually made the kraut. I’m not sure why I haven’t done it in the past. It’s a very easy process. I should have enough to last all Winter. I’m taking all the cherry tomatoes that were supposed to be Rutgers from the package label and making stewed tomatoes for Winter soups.

    August is the most productive month of the year, don’t you think?

    Have a great garden harvest day.

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  3. Joan Ray on August 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

    Potatoes, onions (only those that have fallen over though – most of them can go longer!), cucumbers, broccoli, shallots, carrots… It’s a good week.

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