drying my first bed of onions

I was quite late planting my onion seeds this spring, so I supplemented with some onion seedlings that I purchased from Johnny’s.

Here is the description:

Field-Grown Onion Plants.
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Includes one bunch (60-75 plants) each of Walla Walla, Red Burgermaster, and Copra plants. Copra Plants Unsurpassed for storage. Uniform, “rock-hard” storage onion with early maturity. These medium-sized, dark yellow-skinned storage onions have the preferred blocky round shape with thin necks that dry quickly. Firmness and skin are superior. Unrivaled in our yearly storage trials, remaining firm and sound after other varieties have sprouted. Highest in sugar (13 -14 ) of the storage onions. Walla Walla Plants: The famous mild variety from Walla Walla, WA. Red Burgermaster Plants Jumbo red bulbs from plants. Widely adapted and grower friendly, these bright red, globe-shaped onions have great flavor for sandwiches and salads. Internal rings develop better color earlier from transplants. Burgundy skin finishes well for superb appearance either with greens or topped.

The onions I started from seed are still growing, and hopefully will get a chance to get bigger before they start toppling over. The ones from Johnny’s are now drying (Copra in the front, Walla Walla in the back). The onions are smaller on average than what I usually harvest (and notice there are some teeny tiny ones that never grew much). But, they seem to be drying well. The problem will be figuring out where to put them, as we don’t have a cool dark spot in the house (lots of hot bright spots!). Johnny’s site says that the Walla Walla are not for storage, but I have actually had good luck keeping them for several months.

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The onions I have grown from seed are Ruby Ring. I got the seeds from Johnny’s last year. They describe them as: Excellent red storage type. Uniform, mostly single-centered, hard bulbs with dark red skin.

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