Wednesday, July 21, 2010


I pulled our onions the other day.  They're not super huge, they're the size I would use if a recipe called for a medium onion.  A few are pretty small, but on the whole I think they're a good size.  We got about 45 or so; I figure if I can keep my onion use to say...3.75 per week I'll have enough for the year.  That doesn't really seem like enough. However, I have a large bundle of smaller onions from our farm shares, so if that lasts me through the summer, then 45 onions for the year seems a little bit more possible.  But only a little bit.  I'm pretty sure I use more than one onion a week, it's probably closer to one a day.  There's a big gap between 45 onions and 365.  If I do use one onion a day, then I'm 320 onions short. That's a lot!

These onions were started from sets.  They (the Gardening Gurus of Lore) say that onions started from sets do not store as well, so I'll have to see if these onions are even capable of getting me through the year.    We have tried to grow onions from seed twice and have failed both times.  We actually have bad luck with seeds started indoors.  But I'll go into that in more detail in a post entitled something like, "I Hate Starting Seeds Indoors; Why Can't We Just Buy Our Plants From A Nursery And Plant Them On Memorial Day Like Everyone Else,"  or something.

All in all, I'm happy with these onions.  They look like real onions, which is exciting.  More than likely they taste like real onions because they smell like real onions. They might be a little to few and a little small, but they're my onions and I love them.


  1. I like your onions too! We pulled ours too.. they are on the small side about 1 1/2 inches round. We got ours from Ventura Grain as really small bulbs, white and reds. Now we wait 2 weeks for them to cure to taste them.

  2. They look great to me. such satisfaction! Your harvesting makes me wonder how big is your back yard?

  3. Not big, these onions came from a patch 4x4 feet.