August 31st, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments
If you’ve grown onions this summer, you’ll most likely want to store some for use over winter. This post will share advice on how to harvest and store onions to enjoy all through the year.
- The cue for harvest-able onions, that can be stored is when the leaves on the plants begin to flop over and turn brown at the edges.
- After they’ve been like this for a week, carefully dig them out of the ground using a fork. Lay them out on the ground or on a wire rack. Leave them like this for around a week.
- If the weather is wet, ensure you dry them undercover. A tunnel or greenhouse, will do the job perfectly.
- Prevent the bruising of onions by handling them carefully.
- Onions needs to be cured before they can be stored. This simply means drying the outer skins. This can be done by laying them on racks or layers of newspaper.
- Spread the onions out to ensuring plenty of circulating air to prevent mould or rotting. This process may take a further two weeks.
- You’ll know onions are ready to store when the skins are papery, the leaves are shriveled and the roots appear dry. You should remove the roots and any dead skin.
- If you’d like to store your bulbs as onion strings, cut the stems around 2 – 3 inches from the neck of the bulb.
- All onions should be stored in a cool, dry and well ventilated area. They should also be stored out of direct sunlight, for example in a garage or unheated room in the house.
- Don’t store any soft or damaged bulbs, use these as soon as possible instead.
- Use netting bags or sacks to store the onions, these can hang up. They should be checked every now and then, to remove any bad onions.
These are just a few tips on how to store onions. The video below offers further advice on storing onions and using varying methods. If you have any suggestions on storing onions, be sure to let us know in the comments below.