We have been so busy. Before that big rain came in last week we pulled those onions that we had laid over in the boxes. Before they could get wet. We want them to form a nice dry husk around that center onion.
Then the bent/crimped onions are draped over a wire in the top of the chicken house roof where the warmth of the tin roof and the openness of the wire coop walls allow the onions to stay dry with lots of air flow. Yet they remain high enough that the chickens can't get to them.
And don't forget the ones in the woodshed along side the hanging garlic.
Gradually these onion will be chopped and frozen for winter cooking or dehydrated again for winter cooking. Some go into the canning recipes over the next weeks such as pickled beets and freezer slaw. The remainder will be eaten in the summer meals.
There were 6 boxes of onions that were forked over after the onions were gone. Compost was added to them and all 6 were planted with our third planting of red beans. Red beans and rice is one of my favorite meals and takes me back to my Louisiana roots. We eat them regularly. Some I will dry and some will go into jars.
The first patch is blooming now and have small beans on them. The second patch is out by the blackberries and are about 3 inches tall. We just planted the third patch. One crop goes out and the next crop goes in. A constant rotation until frost.
We pick the crops that we eat most, that grow best in our soil and climate, and produce the most. Then we plant them in constant succession throughout the season. This gives us food freedom and cuts our dependency on outside food other than just by choice.
This vegetable list that is planted successively includes green beans, horticulture beans, squash, zucchini, red beans, butter beans, purple hulls, potatoes, beets, cabbage, mustard greens, lettuce, green onions, carrots and cucumbers.
Longer season vegetable crops that we grow but do not have time to plant successively and can only grow one crop a year include sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, watermelons, cantaloupe, and okra. That is in zone 6B/7A.
All of these crops require little support/staking except the runners. All of these crops we eat regularly and have many optional ways of cooking. And all of these crops either can, freeze or dehydrate well if not all three.
While we still have lots of work ahead of us it gives us a great sense of accomplishment to see these crops hanging in our sheds. Another job down and many more to go. Another blessing granted.
Hope this helps.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter