Tuesday, June 3, 2014


What happened to my onions?!

Well, I know exactly what happened to my onions.

I had all two tons of them (I grow and use a lot of onions!) squirreled away in the basement which seemed to be the perfect storage temperature for them this winter.

Then about six weeks ago, we started doing some work in the basement and turned on the heat to help dry some sealant we had used down there.

Ooops, I forgot to move the remainder of our onion crop out of the warmth and into a cooler location.

So they did what any self-respecting onions would do when experiencing this false "spring" weather.  They started to grow.

I took them out onto the deck table this morning to sort through them to see if I could salvage any of them.

I was really happy to find that almost half of them were unsprouted and firm.  These remaining good ones should be enough to tide me over until this season's onions in the garden are big enough to start using.  The rest of the valiantly sprouted ones?  Into the compost heap!


Susan said...

Wow! I have never been able to keep red onions long - and I love them. Those are great keepers!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - They're a little fussy . . . you just have to discover the right storage spot for them. I love red onion slices in salads!

Carolyn said...

Couldn't you plant those that were sprouting? Never managed to grow anything other than green onions so I'm clueless about onions (and many other things).

Liz said...

Sadly I have had the same thing happen to me! At least you were able to save a few!

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - I don't know. I could pull a couple out of the compost bin and see what happens . . . or I could send them to you and you could plant them and see what happens!

Mama Pea said...

Liz - Just like potatoes, they really want to sprout in the spring!