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Garlic, Onion and Salsify


 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Garlic, Onion and Salsify Reply with quote

I am about to get winter onions and wonder which is the best variety.
Which garlic is the best for flavour and storage?
When does one harvest slsify. Confused

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Winter onions Reply with quote

Everyone has their own idea as to what 's best. But I'm sowing White Lisbon seed tomorrow (about two weeks late) with the hope of a crop of scallions come Easter. As I use them at Easter for salads, I thin them as I go to four inches to harvest July for pickling. If I'm lucky with rain in July some of them are left in the ground til the stalks fall over maybe September and I get bigger onions for winter stews if I'm lucky
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi walltoall
i was wondering about the scallions. i sowed some white lisbon in april and have been feeding off them since. the remaining ones are now like small onions and i wondered if i left them in the ground long enough would i get full sized onions from them
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:29 am    Post subject: white lisbon to onions Reply with quote

My experience (and remember I'm in an entirely different climate) is that that the White Lisbon starts giving scallions about Easter, but they keep swelling as they are thinned out, (or not if I keep them bunched). I harvested loads about half the size of golfballs late July and pickled them.

Because I'm shifting a raised bed I was not able to let them go further. But my experience is that as long as there is 'growing' they will continue to grow. Onions is funny though with air temperature. I think they have a 'growth and bolt' trigger, which can be set off by a couple of nights below 10C. We don't fall to those temperatures here until late October mostly

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