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How To Harvest And Store Onions

How to Harvest and Store Onions

I’m back in the garden today digging up the onions. I’ve temporarily converted the chicken coop to the onion drying coop; and then I’ll bag them and store them in the basement for the winter.

All my garden beds are raised and I don’t keep a designated spot for onions so I squeeze a few sets into each bed around the boarder. I never grow enough to last through the winter months but I do harvest enough to say I did it and have garden fresh for a few months.

How to Harvest and Store Onions

I top them and use the greens in salads and recipes when they are young and tender but once the tops droop over it’s time to dig them up. I use a pitch fork or just pull them by hand depending on how loose the soil is.

How to Harvest and Store Onions

Here’s a few tips:
• Harvest them on an overcast day
• Dig them up when it’s dry, not right after a rain
• Let them form a paper like coating on the outside in a well ventilated space
• This is personal preference either cut the top back and just store the onion or store top and all
• Keep in a cool, well ventilated area for storage
• Check every other week and take out any that are spoiling

How to Harvest and Store Onions

The meat chickens have all been butchered and put in the freezer so I thought why not use the coop as a place to dry the onions. I wasn’t going to build any fancy drying racks (just something else to store) so I used what was already hanging around the coop. There was a cut length of chicken wire that was used to keep chicks divided from bigger birds so I used that as my drying rack.

How to Harvest and Store Onions

I coiled it up on the floor and started stacking onions on top of that. Anything will work as a drying rack as long as air can circulate in and around the onions. After a few days of them drying I go in a knock any dirt off the onions now that it’s had time to dry.

I also only dig up the onions on a cool overcast, dry day. Don’t dig them up in the rain or after a rain. The sun will start to dry them out too quickly so a dreary day is best. I gathered mine up in an old wash tub as I was digging.

How to Harvest and Store Onions

Once the outside skin becomes paper like I’ll gather them into mesh bags and store them in our cool basement. If you don’t have a basement a cool shed or garage will work. Onions are easy to grow and I’m always happy when I get to cook with things from our own little garden and its fun seeing all the ways I can use up a tiny bit of space in the raised beds.

How to Harvest and Store Onions

Last year I grew scallions and we couldn’t keep up with eating them so this year I think sweet onions was a better choice for us. I’m also picking zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, and the sunflowers bloomed this week. Yikes it certainly feels like fall when I see the sunflowers 

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