I was admiring how well the onions were swelling the other day, suddenly I noticed some of the leaves had been chewed in a neat circular way. Something had completely sliced open the tips of the leaves (bulbs are fine), so I did a bit of investigating to see what it could be. It didn't take long to find the culprits way down … Continue reading Cutworms
Having grown onions successfully year after year with good yields, I soon realised I should learn how to store onions properly in order for them to keep for as long as possible. I learnt the hard way that there's little point putting effort into sowing seeds or planting sets, running around your veg patch like a demented … Continue reading Storing Onions
When they begin to do this..... Some of the onions are naturally bending or 'flopping' over now, the leaves are still very green so they're not ready just yet. What they're doing now is getting ready for the drying process which is really important if they're to store well. At the moment I've exposed the bulbs to the sun … Continue reading When are Onions Almost Ready for Lifting?
I have been a bit slow to lift the remainder of the onions, with the heavy downpours that we have had here lately I decided it's probably a good idea to get on with it before they rot. I chose a sunny day and popped the last of the Red Baron onions on a bench in the sun … Continue reading Last Harvest of Onions
The leaves on a couple of the Setton onion sets were not looking as good or as well-developed as the others in the same bed. On closer inspection it was clear the young bulbs were probably dying so I pulled them to take a closer look. The bulbs were soft and spongy to the touch and … Continue reading Onion Problem