Monday, September 26, 2011

The Onion Harvest

With the threat of rain on Sunday I decided it was time to pull out my onions Saturday evening. Originally planted from purchased starts - not sets - on April 17th, both onion varieties have been happily growing in their raised bed row for the past 160 days. "Prince" is a yellow storage onion that I grew last year for the first time.

"Red Bull" is a red storage onion. This is a new variety for me this year.

As you can see, I had my hands full!

The "Red Bull" in particular had enormous tops by this time of year.

I took them into the shop and pealed away a few layers of the outer, dirty skin and made sure that they were free of dirt. I was pleased that none of the onions had any "bad" spots were rot had begun. These should all store well. I ended up with 14 "Prince" onions that weighted an average of 14.11 oz. My total harvest for this variety was 12 lbs. 5.9 oz.

Set on their tray, ready for Winter storage.

The "Red Bull" onions have such a beautiful red/purple color. And boy do they smell like onions! I ended up with 13 "Red Bull" weighing an average of 10.24 oz. Their average weight should be higher. As you can see I have 3 "Red Bull" that are quite small. These three were planted at the end of the onion row and the birds picked and ate away at them when they were small. It really stunted their growth. Thankfully, the birds left the rest of the onion row alone. My total harvest for "Red Bull" was 8 lbs. 5.6 oz.

Cleaned up and ready for the photo shoot.

My total onion harvest for the year came in at 20 lbs. 11.5 oz.


Mindy said...

I just can't get over how much food you grow! I'm super impressed. And maybe a tad bit jealous. :o)

Olga Poltava said...

Wonderful harvest! Your onion bulbs look so pretty. I only managed to grow a few this year.

Lady Farmer said...

I have never had success growing any type of onion! And who can cook without them? I think I need to work on this a little more next year!
Yours turned out wonderfully! They look much prettier than store bought!

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

They look like jewels--so pretty!

gardenvariety-hoosier said...

Beautiful onions. It's my hope to grow onions like that someday.

Dorothy-Life With Boys said...

Those are gorgeous onions!!!!

Boho Farm and Home said...

Just beautiful!! What a wonderful bounty!