Well, I’m not sure that I do know my onions but at least I have an abundance of them. 🙂
Yesterday started off with insomnia, nightmares and then a stinking migraine. Not even remotely close to a good start to the day and so I stopped being anti pharmaceuticals and started shoving down the highest recommended dose of painkillers I could find. With a wonderful husband who was able to take over parenting I was free to curl up in a ball and hope to die.
Funnily enough I didn’t die and the said pharmaceuticals finally finished off the migraine after 7 or so hours and then I was left with an afternoon that I could actually enjoy. 🙂 What to do that wouldn’t involve the return of the migraine?
Well, I have plans for an old set of plastic drawers I have that are in disrepair and of no use any more. They’ve now been painted with black paint mixed with PVA glue (helps it stick) and they’re drying on the fire. The plans for them? You’ll see. 😉
After that I decided to brave the sunshine outside. Wrap around sunglasses and hat on it wasn’t so bad and the pain in my head was able to tolerate the bright light. It really was too beautiful to be cooped up inside. 🙂 I pottered around the greenhouse for a bit, achieving little but enjoying the time in there none the less. I then headed up to the storage shed to finish off a job started around Christmas. I’d harvested my potato onions and the last of my garlic in that week around Christmas and New Years and hung them in the shed to dry out or cure. They were still there and it was time to sort them, braid them and generally tidy up.
I started with the garlic as I already had 6 braids inside from the first half of the harvest.
Repeat these steps until you have a sufficient pile of cleaned up garlic to braid up. It’s not worth trying to clean them up as you’re braiding. For those that don’t know how to braid, here’s some instructions.
Including all the garlic without stems (
I was a little overzealous the stems were a little weak on some) and the selection of the biggest and best from the garden for this years planting, I have 12 braids. Given my earlier fears of losing my entire crop I am, to say the very least, over the moon! 🙂 No other plants were affected by the maggots and although I have a lot of very small garlic, I also have lots of big ones. I had planted about a dozen different varieties but I didn’t mark the separate varieties well in the garden beds themselves so in the end I just harvested it all together. The 1 truth remains though, whether I had names for them or not I would not be planting the small cloves again. I’ve saved the biggest and the best, much to the chagrin of my husband who loves his garlic and they will be planted out this Autumn. I’ll buy in 1 variety, a large garlic, but that’s it. 🙂
Potato onions have also been a huge success. As a beginner gardener I’ve met with mixed success in my first growing season with onions. I think the combination of soil without a fine tilth, possibly too acidic and trying to handle those fiddly little onion seedlings has meant I’ve not done so well. I will likely give onions another go this autumn but I won’t stress too much should they not do so well. I will however, be planting potato onions when and wherever possible. I am mightily impressed by them. Potato onions are named for their method of growth, not their relationship to potatoes. Potato onions are definitely of the allium family but planting 1 bulb will see it divide and do its best to conquer its surrounds. 1 of the bulbs I planted resulted in 19 babies! Others were equally productive, possibly even more so. Given the quantity of bulbs to pull I gave up counting. 😀 Truly, I recommend them to anyone and the bulbs will be available for sale in February from here, ready for April planting. 😀
Anyway, I now have a problem. I need to find a place and the hooks to hang 16 braids of white potato onions, 8 of the brown ones, one braid of the standard brown onions and 11 braids of garlic. My kitchen curtain rail is groaning. 😀