The summer has, once again, flown by and we are now into the cooler (and dare I say, much more pleasant!) autumn weather. I’ve been away in Salt Lake City and, now that I’m back, it’s time for some final harvests and garden cleanup to begin.
The onions were the first crop on my “to harvest” list. My intention had been to harvest them before I left, in the first couple of days of September, but I ran out of time. I was actually quite concerned that they may not be fairing that well over the past couple of weeks as we’ve had a lot of rain. Well, my concern was all for naught.
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In an earlier post this summer, I mentioned that I was more than a little concerned about the onions as they just didn’t seem to be sizing up as quickly as they normally do.
Onions on July 20
By early August, however, the swelling had begun. All was not lost but I had resigned myself to the fact that this year, the bulbs would be tiny. If I harvested a few small (i.e. not tiny) to medium sized bulbs, I would be more than happy.
Usually, I harvest the onions by mid-August but his year, I just let them be in the hopes that they would continue to put on some growth. Many of the stalks were already leaning over (it gets windy around here!) but, thankfully, they did not bend enough to pinch the bottom bit, where the stalk attaches to the onion, which would have stopped the flow of sap and halt growth.
Onion bed on harvest day
The harvest is done & the onions are safely in the garage
to cure for the next few weeks.
Lastly, there was one final crop in the onion bed - Tokyo Long, a green onion. When I removed the netting from the bed, these guys stood tall & were still doing very well.
While I was harvesting the shallots, I decided a pic of the Tokyo Long green onions was in order...
Tokyo Long Green Onions
And that’s it for now. Next on the harvest list (hopefully this afternoon) are the dried beans – most of the pods are mature and in the process of drying out but, with all the recent rain, they are much better off in the nice, dry garage than on the vine.