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Blowin
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That makes sense, Keeks. Thank you. I'll certainly repeat the process next year, and maybe see if I can adapt it for parsnips and/or leeks.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No bother.

Doing a rummage about the interweb it seems that the main reason people used this method is to prevent weeds.

One downside i have come across is that the black plastic/membrane could become a good hidding place for slugs.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes. I can go along with that because every time I roll back black plastic I find huge ones, but it's only a minute's work to collect them and get rid of them. I don't think they like onions, which is a good thing.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now for a worrying update. From the pic I posted, it shows I turned the tops over so that the sun could ripen them. With wet weather in the offing I lifted them and arranged them all on nets stretched across two large racks which were then laid across my car trailer. Since then, on any dry day I've rolled the trailer out of the garage and made sure they've caught any available sun, If wet, I've left them inside.

What I can't understand is why so many of them are rotting, even after all this loving care. Any ideas? We're eating as many as we can but there's a limit!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This stuff is why I will stick to scallions from now on! I had one and only one good year growing onions and it was a very good summer.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see from a comment in another thread you are repeating this and onions are up.....just wondering did you have any issues with Slugs?
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, Keeks, I didn't but, if you go back to the original post, you'll see that the sudden growth spurt prompted me to take the fabric off and, at that time, I don't recall seeing any slugs, certainly not enough to have impacted on my memory.

They seem to be shooting up again, so I might do the same again but who knows what I might have found if I'd left the fabric in place until cropping time. That could have been much diferent.

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