Soon after planting the red sun, gourmet garlic into the ground I had a terrible problem with birds and squirrels pulling out the bulbs. As a result the bulbs were very difficult to establish, but once they had taken root they soon started to grow.
By the time I planted the onions, I came across a neat trick to deter the birds from picking out the bulbs, however I’m little bit disappointed with this years result, they’re not very big and they’ve failed to swell. I suspect that I may have planted them at the wrong time of year and this has caused a stunt in growth. Lesson learned.
But now the time has come to pull them out of the ground. You can harvest your garlic bulbs, shallots and onions once the tops of the bulb have fallen over and started to brown. If you can, pick your onions in the morning when the temperature is lower.
If you plan on storing your onions for long period of time, then drying them out is essential. It’s really easy to dry out onions, you just lay them out on a dry surface and place that has good ventilation, like a shed, or in a porch or windowsill.
It’s great going into the shed after the onions have dried out, the place is filled with that sweet onion aroma only drying onions can produce.
Onions can take a few weeks to dry out and the outer layer will become brown and crisp. After that you would want to store the bulbs in a wire cage, nylon bag or hessian sack to reduce the risk of condensation forming.
If where you plan to store your onions is too damp, then you’ll find that some of your bulbs will begin to rot.