And lots of them? Well, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering where and how you’re going to store them all. You see, my local seed store sells these sweets in bundles of 100. While it’s fun to plant 100 bulbs and harvest fresh sweet onions for your dining pleasure, 100 onions coming to maturity at one time is a lot. Once more, I planted the excess bulbs from our school garden, driving my total up to near 150.
“Hey, Trip–want some onions?”
“Sure.” The neighbor friend grins and heads on over to pull a dozen for himself which leaves me with 138.
A few nights of French onion soup will swallow up another dozen, a carmelized onion tart, sautéed onions for the burgers…an open invitation to the neighbors to pull to their heart’s content and well, I’ve only just broken the 100 point. Staring at my beauties resting quietly in their beds, I’m wondering, Who else would like some fresh onions?
Gardeners do love to share but we don’t like to waste. So while sitting in my chiropractor’s office waiting for him to twist my back into shape, I got to talking with another patient and lo and behold, a fellow gardener! We do frequent the same places, don’t we? After a while, conversation drifted toward our abundance of harvest and upon learning of my onion dilemma, he shared an onion storage tip with me. (You’re going to love this one!)
Store your bounty in pantyhose. Yep, plop ’em in and tie ’em tight, then hang them in a cool, dry place. Do it, and this fellow claims they’ll hold up to six months! Well you know I have a few onions left so I’m going to test it out for myself. Exhibit A:
Cut the tops off and drop them in, roots and dirt, then tie a knot in between to keep them secure.
You probably don’t HAVE to tie a knot between them, but that’s what we did. 🙂
Next, hang them and wait.
I’ll keep you posted on how they fare.