Growing bigger potato onions
After planting Loretta Yellow
Multiplier Onions from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange for two years, I
finally pronounced the experiment a failure. When your onions are
smaller than your garlic cloves (no, not heads), you know something's
wrong. Yes, I've valiantly peeled and chopped two thirds of the
potato onions so far, but it took me a full hour to prepare enough
onions for one of my big freezer soup afternoons and that was the straw
that broke the camel's back. No more potato onions!, I swore.
We had similar issues with the Loretta onion not sizing up as well as other potato onions so we have stopped offering it. The potato onions we have been offering the last few years has a mixture of sizes but about 1/3 are 2-4" if kept well weeded, mulched, grown in beds with plenty of organic matter and watered as needed.
If you are getting good garlic you should be able to get larger bulbs from [our new] strain than the Loretta. We have a couple of growers in your area who do well with potato onions so I expect it would be worth a try with another strain.
Our chicken waterer keeps coop bedding dry and chicken water clean.
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