[Market-farming] onions

Richard Stewart rstewart at zoomtown.com
Wed Oct 21 07:06:38 EDT 2009

x2 with what Allan said.

We do not water our onions very much, if at all.  Usually spring and  
early summer rains are enough to produce a nice crop.  If you HAVE to  
irrigate I would do less rather than more and nothing at all once your  
bulbs are harvesting size.  Its really easy to go from just enough  
water to rotting conditions.

In 2010 I am experimenting with surface planting and hilling so I can  
harvest them using a potato digger.

Richard Stewart
Carriage House Farm
North Bend, Ohio

An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855

(513) 967-1106
rstewart at zoomtown.com

On Oct 20, 2009, at 10:26 PM, Allan Balliett wrote:

> I had a long and informative talk with the hort guy at the TX onion
> start place that we order from (I'd tell you their name if I knew it
> off the top of my head!) One thing he emphasized over and over was DO
> NOT WATER ONIONS until the soil is dry about 2 inches deep. We have a
> lot of 'rot' of onions here, so I cut back on irrigation to almost
> nothing and the onions were REALLLY good this season. We try to
> harvest them as 'spring' onions. We did have a lot of early bolting,
> I think due to late cold weather and then a super heat snap
> -Allan in WV
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