Onions in June

Onions (Allium cepa).

After writing about onions in the posts Onions and Planting Onions, I’ve only complained about the wimpiness of the onions plants through April and May. Now, here on the first day of summer, June 21, there’s reason for celebrating onions. As was mentioned in the post Vegetable garden in June, the onions plants are growing and looking healthy, as can be seen in the photos below, taken on June 19.

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I made a blogging decision to write posts about particular vegetable plants only when some notable event occurs, like onions plants that finally are growing and losing their wimpiness. Last year I didn’t pay enough attention to know if the onion plants went from wimpy to thriving by the first day of summer. Next year I will be able to read this post and compare the onions of ’16 with these photos.

Of course, this notable event is probably just a natural progression in the growth of an onion plant. Garlic, which is planted in the fall, uses its fall growing time to develop a root structure. In early spring, the garlic is ready to grow like crazy. Not so the onion plants bought from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, which spent time in spring being pulled from the ground, processed for shipment, shipped, and transplanted. Makes sense that the poor things need time to put down roots in a new home.

The recent rains, increased drip irrigation, warmer temps, and mulching also played a role, I’m sure.

Just for reference, here are photos from April 2, at left above, when the onions were planted, and June 7, at right above, when they were just sitting there in their wimpiness. At least, it seemed so to me. Gardeners need to have some patience with plants, I remind myself.

It’s also true that I could plant onion seed in the fall and have my own onion plants in the spring, bypassing the onion trauma of being shipped, and saving money to boot. This will take more organization than I have mustered in the past, but who knows. Maybe I’ll get it figured out this fall.

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