First Harvest Preparations


I planted a few beds of both red and white onions back in October of 2016. Now, after nearly nine months, they are finally ready to come out. Luckily, we got both a mix of large and small bulbs. This means I can chop the big ones into small pieces or a puree to use in a variety of different recipes and add the small ones whole as a garnish, pretending I’m a fancy French food connoisseur. Though some of the onions are still in the process of maturation, both my beds of garlic are ready to come out. The garlic was planted back in October as well, but the stalks dried and seeded around a week and a half ago and as you can see in the photo to the right, the cloves have risen out of the dirt. After removing bulb plants from the soil, the next step is to allow them to dry in the Sun for a few days. Being underneath the surface in moist soil for such a long time keeps them wet. I don’t know about you, but I prefer my onions crunchy rather than soggy. I plan to dig the beds up tomorrow and re-mix the soil so that it’s ready to plant something new. I’m thinking bell peppers and Thai chillies.

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