This is my first year growing onions. We eat some onions around here, but not a lot. Every time I would need an onion though I was always shocked at the price to be paid at the store. Seems silly to pay a couple of bucks for a red onion (my favorite) so I decided to try to grow my own.
Starting onions from seed was a joke (trust me I tried) so I purchased a sampler set from Dixiondale and planted them back in March and honestly...They've been the most fun things to grow. Everyone always talks about how kids should grow radishes because they're easy. Got news for ya. Nobody like radishes but everybody eats onions at one time or another. And are they ever fun to grow!
I've watched theses suckers size themselves up and take care of themselves. No babysitting! Easy, Peasy!
I'm most anxious though to try and get them to cure properly so I can store them without them going to rot. (I tried to store potato's last year and they rotted within a few weeks!)
So I'd really like some advice on how to successfully cure onions. Here's a link that I found that seems to explain it best.
Any words of wisdom out there from those of you who've stored onions from your own garden?
The Red Candy were falling over first. There were about 8 plants that had fallen over so I pulled them the other day and laid them on my south facing back porch to dry a bit more.
Temps have been in the low 80's and we're in for a week without rain so I thought the porch would be a good place to start the curing process. Nice and dry, good circulation and warm. I tossed a paper towel over the bulbs to prevent sun scald.
Should I move them back into the shady part of the porch to cure for a few weeks more?
The rest of the reds are just starting to brown at the tips but the leaves are still erect. so I'll leave them be for now. The yellows (Candy) and the whites (Super Star) don't look ready to pull yet. The leaves look really green and "juicy", far from falling over. The tips are just starting to brown.
How long can I expect these to store if I've cured them properly? The reason why I ask is that I've got a LOT of onions. If I can only expect a few months storage, then I'll be giving some away. There's probably about 50 onions in my garden and I don't think I'd use more that one a week so to say that I've got an over abundance of onions is an understatement. I'm also not sure about preserving onions long term? Is there any other way than other than dehydrating them? Perhaps freezing them?
So much to consider! So fess up...How would you proceed if you were me?