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Heaving Onion Bulbs

Posted by pdxjules 8, Portland, OR (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 15, 05 at 18:20

Hi all,

I am preparing for my first onion harvest. I see both red and white onion bulbs raising about a third above ground, looking mature already. We have another week of rain coming - and it does not look like tops are going to fall over anytime soon.

Should I begin harvesting now, or will they be bigger and better if mulched until green tops fall over? If so, I'd rather wait.

fyi, I cut scapes as soon as they appeared,
and slugs ate the first set of outer leaves.
i have added compost occaisionally, but these big guys
push thru and seem to want to show off their progress!

Tell me what you'd do...

(who enjoyed eating tasty Spring Onions every day this week
from a new CSA farm)

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RE: Heaving Onion Bulbs

Two years ago, my onions didn't do well. It was due to extremly wet weather. The tops did push up, but actually seperated from the bottoms and had not become round onions anymore. Instead, they were long, and the layers had telescoped up and out of the root area. Its June 15, and supposed to be summer here but the temps went from the 90's on Sunday to the 40's this week. A terrible time to do this when the garden had just started to take off.

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