|31st May 2010|
Back in March I picked up a packet of Setton onion sets (small bulbs) from Heatons in Carlow. I was a tad unsure about them as I usually buy my seeds/bulbs etc online or from garden centres. However, on a whim I paid my €2.00, brought them home and planted them.
So after what seemed like a slow start, they grew and the grew and they grew until the grew so much that I stopped them!
|16 August 2010|
Although we've been using them fresh from the ground they were getting really big so I used a garden fork to ease them gently from where they'd rooted and then left them for a couple of weeks for the foliage to die down (almost naturally) before lifting them fully and drying them out (first in the garden and then moved into the polytunnel once the weather turned wetter.
(Note: avoid bending the tops over to stop them growing as it increases the risk of rotting when they're in storage.)
|29th August 2010 - Onions drying in the sun once they'd been lifted|
Once they're fully dried out (the skins will feel like paper), I'll hang them in bunches in the shed. I'm not great at plaiting onions (garlic's easier as it's smaller) but a similar effect can be achieved by wrapping them around string. If you missed my Facebook link, here's a great video on Garlic Braiding.
Last year we started to lose a few onions through rotting but managed to save them by trimming off all the bad bits then throwing the rest into a food processor, chopping them up and bagging them into meal sized bags and freezing them. This turned out to be a great time saver as they could be placed straight into the saute pan from frozen!