Yesterday, I decided to harvest the onions. They looked pretty ready – most of the stems fallen over and not much growth anymore. I pulled them up and brought them into the yard. I had wanted to braid them and hang them up to dry in the garage – something I have never done before. Back on the farm in Pavilion I had always left them in the ground until they were all dried up and then stored them in mesh bags in the pantry. Here, they have a tendancy to disappear out on Wilson, so I wanted them to cure in the yard.
I found a shadey comfy spot in the yard and began to experiment with braiding the onions. I got some nice braids! When I finished the job, which took awhile, I decided I should double check to find out how to cure braids and if there are temperature requirements, etc, so I came inside and looked up on the internet about braiding onions. The big thing I learned is that you only braid already dried and cured onions! I also learned that if you are unsure, read the directions before beginning the project.
So…. I went back outside and took out all the nice braids I had just put in and laid the onions in the yard to dry. Next, I will bring them out of the weather and let them cure for a week or two. THEN I will try my hand at braiding them:) Live and learn!
I did get a decent amount of onions. Next year I will plant heaps more.