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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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May 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

I am growing three different types of onions this year.  Candy, Ailsa Craig and Red Wing. All started from seed. Candy was started on February 1. Ailsa Craig and Red Wing were started March 1. I transplanted 'Candy' into the garden around April 20. Ailsa Craig and Red Wing I planted May 4.  

 

The soil was amended last Fall with leaves, grass clippings, manure, rock dust, worm castings & wood ash.  There are a lot of worms in the soil. I do not till the soil anymore. I do put a fork into it and wiggle it back & forth to add air. When planting the onion transplants I added more rock dust. I made sure that this year I didn't plant them too deep.  I will mulch them with grass clippings soon.

 

I really hope that I can grow some nice size onions this year.

 

 

 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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cpreiser000
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May 14, 2014 - 4:17 pm

I had grown onions in my veggie garden last year and thought I had harvested them all.... that was until this year when I found 5 that didn't seem to grow much last year came back to life and are making onions this year.  What a nice surprise! 

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Lark
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May 15, 2014 - 6:11 am

I learned something. Onions that over winter set seed the following year. FREE seed is great.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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September 2, 2014 - 9:05 pm

I pulled out my onions and placed them on a screen to dry, in my shed.  With a rating of 1-10 for my onions, I give my crop a 6. Better than o.k. but needs a lot of improvement. They didn't get enough sun and I need to firm them into the soil better. Maybe a tiny bit deeper. I harvested about six pounds.

 

Next year I will start my onion seed January 1.  This will be a month earlier than this year. I need them to be more mature when I plant them outside.  The second thing I will do is make sure they are not shaded by other plants. Those are the two main things I will do differently.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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davsher
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September 3, 2014 - 9:49 am

we buy our onions from Dixon dale farms. next year we are going to use a corn base weed blocker. with all the rain we had couldn't keep the weeds down. in spite of the weeds we had a good onion crop. enough to freeze, and to use in all the sauces.

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Gretchen G 123
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November 14, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Have any of you tried growing Copra onions.  Through the years we've grown different varieties, but we've grown them 3 consecutive years, and they are the best tasting and 'keeper' onions we've found.  We've purchased them from Johnny's Selected Seeds in the past, but this year, I believe my husband ordered slips from Dixon Dale Farms this year, and they might be a bit better than Johnny's copra.  They are a really good all round onion, they're tasty on a cheese burger, or cooked in a batch of chili or spaghetti.  If the flavor wasn't enough their ability to keep long term is great.  In the past with other varieties some have gone mushy and spoiled.  Though have never tried freezing any, they keep well though winter and a bit beyond.

Also, please, have any of you planted the walking onions, and if so how you liked them.  I've heard they are perennials, and we're considering giving them a try.

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davsher
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November 15, 2014 - 9:51 am

we usually buy Dixon Dale onions. corpa, ailsa, and sometimes candy. our grocery has them every year until this year they didn't get an onion of any kind. so we had to go out of town to buy onion plants and sets, not a good idea they had no names yellow, Spanish, or red. we were very disappointed we did have enough to add to all the tomato sauces we froze but none to freeze or store. we are buying onions now.Cry  I don't know anything about walking onions, seems like I heard something about them on YouTube give it a try.

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Gretchen G 123
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November 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Aww, sorry to hear your onions did not do as they ought.  Isn't it something, after you've grown and enjoyed what you grew, somehow the store bought just don't seem to taste as good.  I did notice in one of your previous posts, you have gotten your onions from Dixon Dale Farms before.  I appreciate other folks sharing where they get their seeds/slips from.  For sure, we'll be getting an order for the Copra's off to them for next years onions.  I hope you folks grocery decide to offer them again, so much easier to buy at the grocery than ordering.  The walking onion, or think they are called Egyptian onions intrigue me, once they have their green shoots, on the very tip, they develop something like a seed bulb, that once it gets heavy enough, droops to the ground, the bulb then roots to the ground and a new onion  is created.  Nature never ceases to amaze me .Surprised  

Please, would like to ask, is there a specific forum site where recipes can be shared?  I'd surely like to ask some of you all if you would consider sharing some of your recipes.Smile

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Lark
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January 20, 2015 - 4:53 pm

I still have 5# of Alisa Craig Onions left from my 2014 harvest. They lasted longer than I thought they would.  About 6 small onions have sprouted, but I will use those first.

 

On January 17, I started  seed of 'Redwing' and 'Alisa Craig'. (I still need to buy 'Candy' onion seed.)  I seeded them in an old plastic lettuce container with the lid.  Makes a nice little green house.  I filled the container with organic potting mix, worm castings and a sprinkle of mycorhizae (beneficial fungi & bacteria) and Organic Garden Tone granule fertilizer.  I filled the container about 3/4 full of this mix and the top 1/4 with 'seed starting mix'.  My idea is that the light weight of the seed starting mix on top is suitable for the new seed. Then once the roots of the seeds are bigger they will be down into the other mix which has nutrients to feed the plant. Onions are high feeders, so I am hoping this gives me healthy plant starts.  I have gotten better each year I grow them. Soooooooooooo hopefully this year I will have some nice LARGE onions.  I placed the plastic lettuce containers (2) in my CLEAR LARGE TOTES with a heat mat on the bottom. Now my onion seeds will have a warm place to germinate & sprout. Once they are about an inch high I will take out the heating mat and just leave the sun from the south window heat up the CLEAR TOTE MINI GREEN HOUSE.  I hope this makes sense to you.ConfusedLaugh

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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January 24, 2015 - 5:55 am

My onions have just begun to germinate.  It will be interesting to see what the germination ratio is, since the seed is a year old. I DO NOT have the container directly on the heating mat. It gets too hot. I put a layer of 1/2" styrofoam on top of the mat first,then placed the onion container on top of the styrofoam. This seems to work for the perfect temperature.  Now is the challenging part of seed growing for me.  Keeping the seedlings moist but not wet and not letting them dry out. As soon as the seeds have all germinated, I will remove the top cover of the CLEAR TOTE.  I don't want the humidity too high or I will get mold on top of the soil. All these plants want air circulation, so off with the tote tops after they germinate.  No, I do not have a fan on them. I don't want extra clutter in the room and the expense of running it.  I do have a ceiling fan that runs to circulate room air. I think that helps the seedlings. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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