STORE ONIONS AND SHAL­LOTS

South Waikato News - - Gardening -

Dry al­li­ums in­doors. I’d dug my shal­lots and was dry­ing them in rows on the wooden edge of a raised bed when all that rain fell. Re­sult? A fair pro­por­tion have ei­ther re­sprouted, soft­ened or started to rot. Drats! It’s im­por­tant onions and shal­lots aren’t al­lowed to get damp (even from dew) af­ter har­vest, so take them in­doors, into a warm, well ven­ti­lated room or shed or lay them out un­der a cov­ered ve­ran­dah. Once fully dry (rub the stalks; they should be brit­tle and pa­pery), you can store your al­li­ums in pa­per bags, hes­sian sacks or re­cy­cled onion bags. They should last all win­ter.

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