Back around the first week in May, I noticed my onions were starting to fall over. Within a week almost all of the plants had flopped to the ground.
Many of bulbs were peaking through the soil promising a good harvest. I was anxious to fill the onion bed with my follow on melon crop. The melon seedlings were ready to go, so as soon as the onions gave me the sign, I yanked them out.
I was totally amazed that my onions did not flower this year. We had late freezes in the area which can trigger flowering. Flowering onions put all their energy into producing seeds and as a result have smaller bulbs. This year's harvest looks pretty good.
I like to lay out my onions to cure for about 2 weeks. The tops should be allowed to fully dry before final processing.
To prepare for storage, I cut off the dried tops and trim the roots. I gently rub the onion to remove the loose and dirty outer skins.
When the onions are ready for storage, panty hose do the job nicely. I fill the legs with onions and hang them in the pantry closet. When I'm ready to use them, I can nip the hose with my scissors and re-tie the toe till next time.
I love the feeling of knowing I won't have to buy onions for many months to come!