The onion harvest

campvJuly 1, 2013

I only have a little more to do and will be done with the onions.
Still have some in the garage but I am starting to get burned out.
I have dried them, chopped them and frozen them. My hands smell like onions.
FYI- If you need a cool dark place to store veggies w/out contamination, this thick plastic tub w/lid works great in the bottom of the frig.

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grant_in_arizona(USDA Z9 Scottsdale AZ)

Wow, they look GREAT! You have a great harvest there! What varieties did you grow again? I'm super envious of the harvest, and how you're preserving/keeping them. You're good! I love me some onions, hah! Thanks for sharing the fun harvest! Keep the garden updates coming!

Take care,
Grant (with onion envy!)

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:15AM
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campv

Thanks for the very nice complement. Walla Walla sweets and large red ones(no name).I ended up with over 100.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 3:26PM
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sundrop07(9b)

Very nice harvest, I love growing onions. I grew the Texas 1015 and Red Burgundy this year and they did great in spite of what I thought was a late planting. Do you dry or freeze all of them or keep some for fresh? I have a couple of boxes in my dining room hoping they'll keep for a couple more months but I check them daily and if they feel a little soft I'll just cook and freeze them. I just ordered more seed to start soon for planting in Dec. or Jan. along with leeks, love them too!

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 5:13PM
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campv

Sundrop-Ref the photo- I chop/ freeze some/ use the dehydrator on some and then I am putting the fresh ones in the container in the bottom of the refrigerator.
I know we got it bad as far as storage, no basement or cold storage area, and with this heat! Last year I got to keep fresh ones up until Sept using the refrig and plastic box. I never knew about either of the onions you grew. Would you give me a little info about both, might want to try them.
Thanks

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 6:55PM
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sundrop07(9b)

campv, I have one of those small cheap dehydrators and may try drying some with that but will also cook and freeze some. Do you freeze them raw? Yes, it's a challenge keeping them cool in this heat but so far they're doing okay. I buy seeds and start them for transplanting in a few months, they grow pretty slowly and I like to have good sized, 1/8 to 1/4 in diameter plants to set out. I didn't plant mine til the first week of Feb. and still got some softball sized ones, the reds are baseball sized but very good. I want to get them planted about a month earlier next year though. This is where I bought the seeds and information on the ones I grew: http://sustainableseedco.com/short-day-onions/

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    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:52PM
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sundrop07(9b)

I guess I didn't add the link correctly, sorry about that. I'll try again. Check out the short day onion selections.

Here is a link that might be useful: sustainable seed co

This post was edited by sundrop07 on Wed, Jul 3, 13 at 14:58

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 2:57PM
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campv

Note the red ones do not dry as well in the dehydrator, mine had a very hard time and took 2 days, don't know why, only did a few bags. The walla walla's did great. I think chopping and freezing them raw is faster. I just peel/chop them put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. When hard(1/2hr) I fill up the freezer bag and back in the freezer they go. This way it keeps the onions separate and you can just reach in the bag and get a handful, other wise they may be come one big onion in the freezer bag. I will not be able to plant onions until the end of March it can get to 12deg. here in the Verde Valley. Thanks for the link

    Bookmark   July 3, 2013 at 5:56PM
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sundrop07(9b)

you're welcome, and thanks for the freezing info.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2013 at 4:44PM
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