I plant my garlic in November and the onions are one of the first things you can plant in the spring. I believe I started planting onion sets the first of April – about the same time I planted the Spring peas and cleaned out the strawberry bed. This year I planned for a big onion crop in hopes of harvesting enough for the coming year. I think I’ve succeeded.
The onions are now in the second, longer drying or “curing” process. They are spread out on trays on the patio and out of direct sunlight. This process can take two to three weeks. Onions are ready to store when the skins rattle and the roots are dry and wiry.
I've decided to store my onions and garlic in paper bags in the garage. My research reports that storing them this way can extend their life for months. I will report on how this works next Spring. Read more about storing onions, garlic and shallots this way. My shallots are not quite ready to harvest, but I'll harvest and store them in the same manner.
In the next few weeks, I'm planning to try this new recipe for Sweet and Spicy Canned Onion Marmalade.
Stay tuned for future posts. I can't wait to tell you about the greenhouse.