Big Bertha & Her Sisters


The other day while watering I noticed that more of the onions were flopping over, getting ready to finish their life cycle and be harvested. While poking about I also noticed that we have a few ginormous onions; Chris had continually walked by the onions and reported that “The onions are so big!” along with his regular corn report when he went to the garden. Well, the onions are big! This one I named Big Bertha; Bertha is a Yellow Granex variety.


The other variety we grew was Texas 1015 super sweet.


We’ve also had a few onions split, mostly two ways but at least one three ways. Apparently there are multiple reasons for this. Very interesting!


Since Chris was home this weekend, and because of our need to empty some of the beds to ready for melons we have started in pots, we decided to pull two of our onion beds this weekend. We piled them up in the back of my truck and it all felt very farmer-like and very exciting!


We wanted to give the onions another week to properly dry so initially we thought we’d lay them out on the grass to dry out a bit more. Turns out that wasn’t the best idea, they weren’t really going to dry that way—plus we have deer and I really didn’t want to let them gorge themselves on our year’s ration of onions.


Instead we piled the onions up on two deer feeder platforms our landlords have and brought them inside the house to dry for the week. Our cats are curious creatures and love greens (Leo will jump on the counter if I bring anything green and leafy home) so we closed the onions up in our computer room. I’m sure it will be a very onion-y computer room later in the week. Our only issue next is to figure out how we will store them for the rest of the year; we don’t have a lot of storage space.

The total number for harvest out of these two beds (we have a third bed still to harvest) was 93!

What are you harvesting in your garden?

Comments 4

  1. linda wrote:

    what a beautiful harvest, makes me think of abundance 🙂

    Posted 14 May 2012 at 9:17 am
  2. Tracy Barr wrote:

    Misti,
    Growing up, we did a ton of gardening. I would suggest dehydrating a large portion of the onions, especially if you make a lot of soups in the winter (and you can then enjoy them on your backpacking trips!). You can do it in the oven or outside in the sun (I suggest using a window screen cover to keep the bugs off) if you don’t have a dehydrator. Of course, you probably already know this! I remember we had these HUGE glass jars we kept dehydrated onions, celery, and carrots in, and when we would make soups we would just scoop out of them what we needed. I also remember we stored carrots in sand inside plastic tubs (to keep them dry), but keeping things cool in WA state is not so hard as it is here, so you would need to be able to store the onions in a cool, dry, dark place…laundry room need some shelves?!

    Posted 14 May 2012 at 3:07 pm
  3. Moosie wrote:

    Omg!!!! I want some. Those are some ones.

    Posted 14 May 2012 at 5:22 pm
  4. chel wrote:

    OHHHHH- wow!

    Posted 16 May 2012 at 11:22 am

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