Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● HAR­VEST­ING onions YOU should be har­vest­ing your onions now, but you’ll know they’re ready when the fo­liage col­lapses.

Many gar­den­ers rec­om­mend you bend over the tops of onions to ripen them, but this usu­ally hap­pens nat­u­rally so you shouldn’t need to in­ter­vene.

Pick a dry day to dig them up, gen­tly eas­ing the onions out of the ground with a fork, to break the roots’ hold on the soil. Onions need to be dry when stored so if it’s fine, leave the bulbs on the soil to dry off for a week. If not, cover them with cloches or a sheet of poly­thene, or lay them out in an airy shed. Once they are dry, bun­dle them into nets to hang up in the shed, where they will keep best in the light.

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