I think watching them grow drew him in to gardening a bit more, too. When they started bulbing up, I pointed them out and he noticed one in particular that was rather large, rushing over to it and exclaiming in excitement about it, his voice going up in pitch at the end like all of us gardeners' do. Yep, he's bitten the line. Once we harvest the potatoes, I think the hook will be set.
We harvested them today. It looks so nice, all those onions hanging on the fence!
|Southern Belle Red & Yellow Granex|
The 1015Ys did pretty well as well, for just one bunch. I think it was just one bunch anyway, could have been two but I think it was just one. These are the ones that are supposed to store better than any other short day onion.
Overall, I think we'll try them all again next year. But they we need to plant them all earlier, as soon as the sets come in at work. Or maybe I'll try growing my own sets, planting the seeds in October. I've been reading up on them and I've learned that they grow leaves for a while then stop when daylength triggers bulb production, then each leaf translates to a ring in the bulb, putting it's energy into it. So if we get them in earlier and fertilize the heck out of them then, we should get bigger bulbs.
We'll also plant all of them in loose soil to give them all an equal chance. I'd hate to lose out on a fabulous variety just because I gave up on them after one bad showing that could have been my fault. I'm already looking forward to next year. ;)