This is the 3rd year I have tried to grow onions.
Three times is a charm.
Not only did they grow well but I also didn’t lose a 1/3 of them in the drying process.
Here’s what I’ve learned about growing and harvesting onions.
Soil is important. I amended the soil with compost. I had done so before, but this year I increased the amount of compost twofold. It mattered. This is the largest they have ever grown.
Mulch is necessary. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. I used grass clippings. Yet, it helped retain the water that the soaker hose or Mother Nature delivered.
Air flow is essential in the drying process. The previous two times, I had laid the onions out on our front porch. They got a lot of sun thanks to the southern exposure, but there is very little airflow due to brick wall. This year, I laid them in the garden for a few days before transferring them to the chaise lounge.
Total onions lost in the drying process: 1. It was eaten by a bug.
Now to make my favorite onion dish, onion tart.