Last year was a great year for onions. I seeded onions and transplanted them into one bed, and planted another bed with young onion plants I purchased. I have yet to buy a single onion since last summer, and I believe this is the longest I’ve gone on a harvest. At this point though, most of the onions in the cupboard have sprouted. The ones that have sprouted have come in very handy, as I’ve gotten plenty of use snipping the tops and using them for all kinds of dishes. Interestingly, I didn’t find much difference between the sweet Walla Walla (which isn’t supposed to store well) and the other onions in terms of how well they stored. I also do not have a good storage space for them, as the room I have them in has too much light.
This year I’m all about minimizing the workload with the babies coming (next week!), but Chris talked me into seeding onions again as he promised to do the planting (which I always find back-breaking). So, I decided to use up the two packets of onion seeds I had left over. However, one packet did not germinate at all (my notes tell me they germinated poorly even when they were fresh). The other packet didn’t have many seeds, so I don’t actually have many homegrown onion seedlings this year.
Buying young onion plants can be expensive (although probably not in the context of buying supermarket onions for a year). Chris picked up a bag of onion sets this year at a local farm store, and planted a bed of them. The picture above shows them coming up. The whole bag (which planted most of a 4 x 10 ft raised bed) only cost 2 dollars and change. It is hard to buy a packet of seeds for that price these days. I’m really curious how they will compare to the young plants in terms of quality and storage.
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