I’m Not Crying Over My Onions This Year!

Every year there are some things that do good in my garden
and some things that don’t. Some of my failures (and successes) are weather
related, infrequently a associated to a cultivar that I’ve planted and some times
my successes and failures are associated to my planting strategies. we plead this
extensively my book, “The
All You Can Eat Gardening Handbook”
given there are many things
that we can kick yourself adult over, though many are out of your control. When you
grow organically, like we do, there is also a harassment non-static too, that can
throw we for a curve.

Most years Colorado Potato Beetles are my nemesis and they
take a outrageous fee on my potatoes. This year we saw one adult that we gleefully
squished, and that was it. No eggs. No larvae. No damage. It was weird.
Especially after such a amiable winter, we insincere they would be problematic,
hiding out in waste and over wintering well, though such was not a case. I
don’t know this. The final few years I’ve had no problems with my cucurbits
… my vines like cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and melons. This year they are
overrun with Squash Beetles. They have finished vital repairs to all these plants
and we have had to persevere lots of time to keep them in check while during a same
time a drought has forced me to concentration on watering. we get a clarity I’ve had
about 3 generations of these Squash Beetles going by their life cycle in
this heat.

Over a years I’ve had some fitness and managed to grow some
big onions though during a final few years it’s been useless. we plant tiny onion
bulbs and we collect customarily marginally bigger ones. This year we wanted to figure
out what we was doing wrong. we suspicion maybe that we only wasn’t planting them
early enough. So this open we got them in unequivocally early. The beginning I’ve ever
planted them before.

And a stand is positively outstanding! I’ve got to widen
the doorframes to get my conduct by given my ego is so arrogant by a onion
harvest this year. Every year something thrives during Sunflower Farm and this year
it’s onions and in a disproportion of George Costanza from Seinfeld, “I’m over the
moon” about it!

wagon full of onions


As I’ve analyzed a disproportion over a final few years I
realize a mistake I’ve made. we plant many of my onions from bulbs. we find
this only gives them a genuine conduct start over regulating seed or transplanting from
our possess seed that we started early. What’s happened any open is that as I’m
planting a peas and radishes and other early things I’ve only thought, “well
the onions are bulbs, they’ll only start whenever we put them in so it doesn’t
really matter. They’ll be fine, when we finally get them in.” It turns out that
timing unequivocally matters.

onions drying on sidewalk 

The collect took 3 days with a distance and series of them. I
planted 10 times what we customarily plant given we indispensable some for a CSA though in my
wildest dreams we never approaching these results. And as common we didn’t leave
enough space between any onion. Why would I? I’m so used to them being medium
size. This didn’t matter too much, though we did notice in areas where we harvested
a series of unequivocally vast onions that were too tighten together, they seem a bit
soft where they were touching another bulb, that might impact how good they
store. I’ll keep my eye on this. But given we’ve got 8 weeks left in a CSA I
will be regulating these onions adult flattering quickly.

onions in garage 

I’ll also be giving CSA members a teardrop-shaped onions
over a subsequent few weeks to use up. we find a onions that haven’t taken on the
nice spin onion figure don’t store as well. So for a subsequent small while we’ll
all be regulating a ones that won’t store well, afterwards I’ll switch to a best for
the final few weeks of deliveries.

We have been removing good feedback from CSA members, which
is unequivocally gratifying. As a boxes go out a doorway any week we infrequently forget
how they contingency demeanour to someone receiving them. we have a bent to dwell on the
vegetables that haven’t finished well, a weeds, how dry my dirt gets in a
drought, etc. But what unequivocally depends is what goes out a doorway and it’s been
very presentable. We got soap-box reviews about a corn final week.

I’m meditative when people get these vast onions they’re
going to consider “well that Cam, he is a marketplace gardener, so naturally he knows
how to grow large onions.” Well arrange of. we do now. I’ve finished it before and
finally figured out what we need to do to maximize a contingency of a good

This is something we highlight in both “Thriving During
Challenging Times” and a gardening book. Growing vegetables in itself is not
difficult. You need some strategies to boost a contingency that things will grow
well and that’s what my gardening book does. But mostly we need use and
it doesn’t matter how large your garden is. You only need to get seeds in the
ground and watch what works and what doesn’t. And when things don’t spin out
you’ve got to consciously try a new plan a following year. Every year I
have some unfeeling that has not finished good formerly that I’m dynamic to
master and so we concentration on it. This year it was onions and we contingency contend a results
are flattering outstanding.

We’ve got onions drying on racks in a kitchen, in a barn
and in a garage. And any time we travel by them we get a small hum on. As the
summer feverishness winds down it’ll be this hum that eventually will enthuse me to
entertain carrying a garden subsequent year given if you’d asked me in Jul we would
have screamed “NEVER AGAIN!” And a cycle of life, and gardening, continues.

“Oh look, there’s Cam Mather, he grows unequivocally good onions!”
That’s right, I’m an expert! At slightest this year we am.

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