Onions have turned out to be the most complicated of all my crops this season. It took many questions and a handy book from my farmer friend (and now boyfriend 🙂 )
Finally after 8 long months of growing, I have harvested my onions. I did pick and eat quite a few through the season as onions can be eaten at any time during their growing cycle.
One has to wait for 70% of your crops leaves to fall over, then bend over the remaining leaves and leave the bulbs in place in the soil for 7-10 days to go dormant. During these 7-10 days you may not water them and it must not rain (ha – try explaining that to my weather). You then pull them and leave them in full sun for one day and then outside in a warm, shaded, dry area for another week or so. Then you can plait them and store them in a dark dry area for many months.
It seems some of mine have gone dormant well but those with thick stems have not dried out yet. I think they might end up getting chopped and frozen.
I must say that I have been very impressed with the size of some of them.