Three blog posts in one day? What can I say? I couldn't wait for the biggest onions to dry, so I cut off the tops of the eight largest and weighed them to see if I could beat last year's 1 pound-4 ounce biggie. And the winner is......2012, with a 1 pound-7.7 ounce Walla Walla Sweet onion, 3.7 ounces heavier!
Mr. Granny holds the 2011 20 ounce onion (top)
Mr. Granny holds the 2012 23.7 ounce onion (bottom)
PS: The 8 onions, with tops removed, weighed a total of 10.4 pounds.
I'm sure this is going to sound strange, but I love your onions. And admire them. I just can't seem to grow anything like that. They are thee coolest!ReplyDelete
LOL, I'm happy that you love my onions, Alison! They taste really good, too.Delete
I'm just going to shake my head here. You and your large produce stand. :D Thought I was doing fairly well today when I got a 6-incher for a broccoli head.ReplyDelete
It sure was yummy steamed up over chopped up green noodle beans and garden onions. You know, Granny, growing onions sure is useful. Doesn't matter their size either.
I think I've decided to grow onions early indoor in winter of plant them out in the fall from seed. The red ampostas are doing very nicely. The greens on them are incredible. No signs yet of falling over. Not like the Transplanted 'plants' I tossed in. Maybe I will still purchase those as well but only for something early to harvest while I wait for the 'good stuff' to come along. ;)
Cloud, your 6-inch broccoli was impressive. This is the first time in years that I've grown broccoli that large. And yes, onions of all sizes are useful. These big ones will be used for onion rings, and some given to my kids....because I couldn't wait for them to dry, they'll have to be used immediately. Everyone is coming for the 4th., so everyone will have to take home an onion or two or three! The small ones are used in cooking and salads nearly every day. Believe me, we never waste an onion in this house, and I'll be buying them from the store before Thanksgiving.Delete
Wow-impressive! I'd fire up the deep fryer (despite the heat!!) for that one!ReplyDelete
Oh, definitely, Sue. We love those onion rings, and haven't had any yet this year.Delete
I so love onions. I picked my garlic yesterday, but no onions. Mine won't fall over for a while yet. Though they have all sized up nicely. Probably not as big as yours, but still they did quite well. At least the Alicia Craig onions did. The others still have to bulb up more. But last year they didn't start falling until August, so they have a month.ReplyDelete
Daphne, my storage onions are just beginning to bulb, but I'm afraid I have them planted to close together, so I'm not expecting huge ones.Delete
I woke up in the middle of the night, can't sleep so switch to your GIANT FREAKIN ONION! You need to start entering those babies into the fairs! Wow! That is truly impressive! That is so cool that you're giving them out on the 4th of July also! Your family are truly lucky! I love that you will run out by Thanksgiving too. Can we hear 2013 , the year of the GIANT ONION like those Dill's Atlantic Giant Pumpkins? W-O-W!ReplyDelete
Now share your onion growing secrets other than that you live in Pasco and I'm in POURING again Issaquah where my peas are still working on coming in!
No growing secrets, Amy T. Just sandy soil with added compost, and plenty of water. I side dress with a bit of organic granular fertilizer just as they are starting to bulb. I have no idea why some are relatively small, while some get huge, as they all get the same treatment.Delete
Wow what is your secret for such large onions?ReplyDelete
LOL, Lisa, see my comment to Amy T., just above this one.Delete
thanks--perhaps I need to water more often.Delete
I was so excited with mine this year....until now. Your onions are huge. This is the first year I've been able to grow something significantly bigger than the planted sets. I guess I can still be happy with my success, even if it pales in comparison to yours. AWESOME onions, Granny!ReplyDelete
WOW! Now thats one huge onion! I found few in mine that are finally starting to show bulbs and one is even a decent size but of course no where near yours.ReplyDelete
Get out there and give them a side dressing of organic granular fertilizer, Jenny!Delete
Awesome onion! You do have the touch! We have one large one that wintered over in my husband's garden. It's developed a seed head so we're leaving it alone for now.ReplyDelete
Nutmeg, I always have several that want to go to seed, so I pull and use them right away. Luckily, this year, I only had two that did that.Delete
Incredible! It's so impressive that regular people can do oh-so-much-better than the supermarket--love it!ReplyDelete
You always have to show off your big ones, don't you Granny??? I would be happy to grow one half that size!ReplyDelete
Robin, I told you I was that kind of gal ;-)Delete
After seeing your past onion post, I was thinking you would just have to give it up for trying to top the 2011 large beauty, and what did I know? I saw Bobby Flay grilling onions on tv last weekend, and your big ones would definitely grill up beautifully!ReplyDelete
Gracie, we love grilled sweet onions. At least one of them will be made into onion rings, too.Delete
Ginourmous! yep that's what they are!ReplyDelete
David, I'm going to make ginormous onion rings!Delete