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Potato onion disappointment

potato onion harvest

We harvested our potato onions today.

The yield was very low.

This will be the last year we plant them so we can make room for something more productive that won't feel like a waste of a raised bed.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I gave up on those "potato onions"/multiplier onions years ago. They never did well for me. On the other hand, this year I planted seeds of Brown Spanish onions (Baker Creek Heirloom seeds) and they did fantastic! I got a great yield of very large onions that are now in the process of curing. We'll see how well they hold up although at the rate I use onions, I'm betting I'll eat them before they spoil. I also planted 59 seeds of Red Baron onion and although I haven't harvested all of them, I have been able to harvest 20 which are also curing. I'll get the rest later.
Comment by Nayan Mon Jul 11 19:53:42 2016

Anna you must hand select all the best t-shirts at the local thrift store. Is there actually a high school named after General Lee? Is this secretly a t-shirt blog masquerading as a homestead blog?

Comment by Chris Tue Jul 12 22:02:39 2016
Chris --- I'm embarassed to say I never paid attention to the words on that particular shirt. It was a gift from my cousin in law who ran track at the school in question. But now that I look closer, it seems like an odd sort of Confederate sympathizing shirt --- I guess it's gonna have to hit the rag bin sooner rather than later.
Comment by anna Thu Jul 14 16:11:39 2016

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