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 06, 2008
I pulled all of my onions a couple days ago. I have noticed other gardeners are drying theirs in their gardens, though with all the rain, I'm not sure why. So I have half my crop on a counter in my kitchen (bottom left photo) and the rest in the sun in my garden (top photo). I'm hoping to find Gino in his garden (his onions are the bottom right photo) so I can ask him if its important to leave them outside.
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WOW!!!!! You have all kinds of stuff in you garden and they all look good.
My onions are so small, it is actually rather comical. They have already fell over so I am going to have to pull them soon.
I had a question on Garden Web about this and found out that there are Long Day, Intermediate Day & Short Day kinds all for different light cycles. I also found out that they need to be started in Jan/Feb to get good sized ones.
I bought seedlings from the garden center this year so I guess next year I will have to select the proper variety, start them myself and much earlier.
Good thing there is always next year with gardening!
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I can't help you out with the onions... I hardly know what to do with my other vegetables! But, they sure do look pretty!
I think the onions are pretty, too! I like the golden brown color.
I did OK with onion sets this year. But my seeds (several sowings started in Feb, March and April) did not amount to anything. I wasn't aware of the different types for different day length. I also don't know what length our days are here (too short for me).
I suppose my plan is to go with sets again next year.
Unless you have lots of time and a heated greenhouse, the best way to go with onions is to order the plants in bulk.
Your longitude is important for growing the best onions. Long Day should be grown at 38 degrees and Northward. Short-Day are for the deep South...eg Vidalia, Texas Sweet.
There are now some very good Day-Neutral varieties that grow well all over the US.
Well-rotted chicken manure is one of the best amendments you can add.
Don't plant onions where corn, beans, peas, and alfalfa have been recently grown. Pink Root may occur
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