You see this right here. This is how we know our onions are ready to
harvest. When the necks on the onions get soft like
this and they start to fall over, that’s when you know you can go ahead and pull these babies
up from the ground. So these here are our Texas Legend sweet onions
that we get from Dixondale Farms, that we planted back in November. We’ve also got these Red Creole, these red
onions right here, that we planted at the same time. And since onions like plenty of water and
fertilizer, we like to plant our onions on double rows with drip tape in the middle,
that way we can give them plenty of water and we can also inject fertilizer and make
sure they are well fed. If you want to see how we do that, I’ll put
a link to the video up here in the corner and you can see back in November when we planted
these onions. But the Texas Legend onion here is by far
my favorite sweet onion to grow. You can see most of these are baseball size
or bigger and many of them are softball size or bigger. I really like the Texas Legend onion because
it grows well here in the south, it’s a great short day onion, it stores well, and it’s
nice and sweet. Now in the past we have grown the Yellow Granex
– some people call it the Vidalia onion — but those tend to be a little more flattened. The bulbs on these are nice and round, which
makes them really good for slicing. They’re a lot easier to cook with in my opinion. So I really like these Texas Legends for that. And in talking with Bruce over at Dixondale
Farms, he told us that the sweetness of the onion is strictly a function of how much water
it receives. So if you give your onions plenty of water,
they’re going to be equally as sweet among varieties. So after we pull our onions from the ground,
we like to lay them on the grass here beside the garden for a few days, let them sit out
in the sun and cure. It’s important that you let the onions cure
or dry out further before you put them in the storage area. So we let them set out in the sun for a few
days until the stems get nice and crispy like this right here. But you want to make sure when you’re doing
this curing process, that you keep an eye on the weather. The last thing you want is for these onions
to get wet. So when you start to cure them in the sun,
take a look at the weather forecast and make sure you’re going to have a couple dry days. That will give you plenty of time for them
to cure, and then you can get them in the storage area before the rain comes. So here in the Deep South, we don’t really
have storage cellars or basements. But most everybody that has a homestead has
one of these old open air barns with a dirt floor on them, and that’s where most people
use to store thing like onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and winter squash. So we just spread everything out on the dirt
underneath this covered barn and it will keep for six months at the time. However the problem I was having was that
sometimes if it was raining and the wind was blowing just in the right direction, it would
blow moisture in here and moisture would get on my potatoes or onions or whatever was on
the ground. And you don’t really want that stuff to get
wet while it’s being stored. And so I wanted to come up with a better idea
to save more space and also to keep everything dry. So one of my projects this winter was to build
me a storage rack so I could get those things up off the ground and keep them more dry. And also to save a little space by stacking
things vertically instead of spreading it all out horizontally on the ground. So I built this storage rack here. I’ve got 4x4s on the ends and in the middle. It’s about 6′ tall, 10′ long. And I’ve got four different racks here. Each rack is about 1.5′ apart which gives
me plenty of room to stick my head in there, reach in there comfortably, everything like
that. It also works really well for storing my harvesting
containers like these TubTrugs here. As a side note, if you’ve never used these
TubTrugs here, these are the best harvesting containers we’ve found. Unlike a normal 5 gallon bucket that will
get brittle and crack, these things here are flexible and basically indestructible. And we use them for almost everything around
our garden and the homestead. But back to the storage rack. So I used hardware cloth on the shelves. I used the hardware cloth that has the 1/2″
squares on it. And I rolled that out and stapled that to
each of the shelves. I probably have got about $200 in this — $150
worth of lumber and $50 in the hardware cloth. So not a terrible investment at all for the
value that this thing is going to provide for our homestead keeping and storing our
vegetables for a longer amount of time. So when I’m putting my onions on the storage
rack, I just lay them out. I don’t want to stack them on top of one another. But just lay them out so they’re not touching
too much in a single layer. And I like to leave the tops on them. Some people will cut the tops off. I like to leave the tops on them because it
keeps the onions from rolling around too much on this hardware cloth. So we just lay them out in a single layer
and then they’ll be good here for up to six months, even longer. So we’ll probably have onions up until when
we plant onions again this year in November. So for us onions are one of the most valuable
crops in the garden. They don’t take up a lot of room and they
store for a very long time. So we can have onions for a while off one
crop. These here did take a little while to grow. I was looking at my phone the other day because
I was thinking, man these onions this year are never going to get ready. And I was looking at my phone and noticed
that last year we were harvesting onions around April. And here it is the middle of May harvesting
this year. But we just had such a cool and cold winter
this year that just slowed them down a little bit. But nevertheless, we ended up with a really,
really good harvest. So we hope you enjoyed this video. We’d definitely like to see or hear how you
store your onions. Obviously there’s more than one way to skin
a cat, so tell us in the comments or add a photo and show us how you keep your onions
stored and we’d love to see it.