almost embarrassed to show you this

digit(ID/WA)July 26, 2010

. . . onion in storage from October to the last week of July!

We just carried some of our 2010 potato harvest down to a room in the basement. In a basket, in the "cold room," in the basement . . . what do we find: this yellow onion!

It is from a set that was probably planted amongst the tomato plants in the spring of 'o9! The tomatoes overwhelm the onions and there are always a few that aren't harvested until after frost kills the tomatoes.

Otherwise, my storage onions in 'o9 were mostly the Sterling Whites I bought from Dixondale Farms and set out as plants. They were lovely but sure weren't capable of lasting 9 or 10 months, plus!!

This house that was built over 100 years ago. That is, the front rooms of the house were. The basement and the rooms above it were added later but there is a room directly under the living room floor. It was used for food storage and there are shelves. The walls are concrete and rock but the floor is dirt - or what passes for dirt around here: gravel.

I use this room to store dahlia roots, gladiola bulbs, potatoes and onions during the winter.

The thermometer in the basement cool room shows 64° right now - it's well over 90° outside. During subzero weather, the temperature has been as low as 35°. You can imagine, I get a little nervous when it's that cold with all those roots down there thru the winter. Usually, it stays about 45° to 50°. There's no special insulation.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this onion! I sauteed it in a little vegetable oil, dropped in some small meatballs with some stock and noodles. Enjoyed it with whole grain toast for lunch.

I have literally been harvesting onions for months - scallions, anyway. Sweet onions began to bulbed up about 2 weeks ago and they are a good deal bigger than this little guy. But . . . there he is. Or, was . . .


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How could you? After all those months of surviving down there all alone with no heat, no refrigeration and nothing to do but contemplate what to do with its life and then you ate it? Awww, poor little onion.

I hope it was worth it!

...made myself laugh!


    Bookmark   July 26, 2010 at 9:03PM
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J, there were tears.

It was, however, possible to savor the moment.


    Bookmark   July 26, 2010 at 10:26PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

That's great! I hope my garlic stays fresh so long, though I don't have any place special to hang it.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 8:09PM
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That looks like a tempting location, Jnfr!


    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 12:04AM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

The cats don't seem interested :). No vampires yet!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 9:56AM
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That is beautiful! I love the way the garlic looks just hanging there. Now I want to grow garlic too. Too many veggies, not enough time. I find it hard to believe the cat doesn't at least swat at the bulbs ;)

Pablo was nibbling the leaves of the tomatoes last night. They came in from the hail and Pablo rushed right over to start eating them. Why do my dogs eat my plants?? Sigh.

Is it just me or does the garlic skin have a sheen to it?


    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 3:01PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

The skin has a beautiful sheen to it, yes.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2010 at 9:19PM
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