Potato onions worth their salt
From the number of times
I've posted about them, you'd think that potato onions are a mainstay
of our diet. To follow our adventures from the beginning, read
the posts in this order:
As you can tell if you
follow all those links, potato onions were a cool idea that didn't really pan
The new variety we planted
last fall --- Yellow Potato Onions from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
--- are acting more like the books say they should. About a
quarter of the plants simply made one big bulb, and the other 75% have
divided into clusters of four to ten smaller bulbs. Most
important, every bulb looks big enough to be worth peeling, even the
The great thing about
perennial vegetables is that once you figure them out, they're much
easier to grow than annuals. Take our garlic, for example ---
we'll be pulling
the heads out of the ground this week, curing
them, then planting
the biggest cloves in the fall. That's the sum total
of the garlic workload for the year (except for occasional weeding and
mulching, of course). I want onions to be that simple!
So we won't eat a single
potato onion in 2012. They'll all go back in the ground, where
the big bulbs will (hopefully) turn into lots of smaller bulbs and the
small bulbs will (hopefully) turn into one or a few big bulbs.
Maybe next year (or the year after) there will be enough to eat and I
can stop fiddling with transplanting tiny onion seedlings in the early
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