The onions have started to bulb up, which is always exciting!
This year I only planted 2 varieties, which happened to be the only long day varieties that I could get my hands on at Baker Creek Seeds - Wethersfield and Stuttgarter. While I grew Wethersfield last year, Stuttgarter is a new-to-me variety.
|Wethersfield in the foreground with Stuttgarter in the back|
I always like to grow both red and white varieties, even though the white ones tend to store just a bit better. I actually have a few from last years harvest still in the basement and they are firm and haven't started to sprout yet....seriously!
This year, I goofed on the number of seeds that I sowed and ended up short. Since I wasn't going to be able to fill up the bed with the number of seedlings I grew, I decided to experiment a bit with spacing. Most of the bed is at the normal 4" spacing but a couple of rows were more spaced out. Spacing onions further apart is supposed to give you larger bulbs but, so far, I don't see much difference.
|You can see the difference in spacing between|
the onions planted on the left vs. the right.
And lastly, also in the onion bed are the Golden shallots planted last year. Our wild and wacky weather this year resulted in something new on that side of the bed - every single clump bolted:
|If my bed wasn't netted to keep out the leek moths,|
the pollinators would have at least enjoyed the shallot blooms.
This has happened in the past to the occasional clump but never the entire lot. It's not a huge issue, however, as usually only one bulb per clump forms a flower stalk and ends up having a woody core. The rest of the bulbs should be fine, although they will probably be on the small side. We'll have to wait and see.