This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011



My onions are rapidly maturing. The tops are falling over. I pulled about half of mine today. I leave then to cure int eh sun a day or two, because that's what I see that the old gardeners do. My onions are very small this year :-(


Blogger Sue said...

My onions aren't small, but they are running a lot later than last year. Odd year for everything, isn't it?
Yours may be small (to you!), but they look in good shape, and that's what matters.

August 15, 2011 5:28 PM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi there, we lifted our onions 2 weeks ago, like yours the tops had fallen over and were yellowing. A strange mix of weather has lead to a mix of sizes. Veggies that we have come to expect great things from over the 2 years we have had the Lottie are not happy this year.
Marian (London UK)

August 15, 2011 6:06 PM

Blogger Dave Velten said...

My onions are also a disappointment. Yours look great compared to mine. I talked to another gardener in the Bolton Community Gardens and she had the same experience. Onions are daylight sensitive, so maybe the weird weather this year affected them?

August 15, 2011 7:15 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Its so interesting to hear these comments on onions! I thought most of my problems were because I planted them outside too early this spring. But maybe the unusual summer weather affected them too.

Of course, it would be hard to match up to the super harvest of last year.

August 15, 2011 11:53 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi ! From Connecticut, my onions were very small this year.Most of the tomatoes were small,and few of them ,and most of the blossoms dyed. I got my first tomatoe on July 11 th, I started them in Feb.The pole beans are just starting to flower. I think, the Northeast weather, hot then wet for days had alot to do with it, the good news is the mellons and cukes love it

August 16, 2011 6:13 AM

Blogger Green Tamarind said...

I'm in the prairies, where we had a cold WET spring and it's now hot and dry. My onions are falling over and still very small. I find if their 'necks' aren't bent and cured for a few days, they don't keep long.

August 23, 2011 7:32 PM


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