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The Good Life – Onion Harvesting

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Oh so pretty

When I was little I loved The Good Life and wanted to be just like the beautiful, long suffering but happy Barbara. She had such amazing jumpers!! Without planning it I have found myself accidentally steering into a slightly similar way of life. Although we don’t have the pigs. Not yet.

I’ve been growing vegetables for the last few years, but I’m certainly no professional. I very much just give it a bash, see what happens(!), and hope to learn as I go.

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Mais oui - les oignons

In the autumn I planted onions for the first time and this week they were ready! I had to look up how to tell that this was the case – apparently the stalk leaves start to yellow and fall over. When half of them have fallen over, wait a week or two then lift them all up. (What did people do before Google?!)

This was yesterday’s harvest!! It is embarrassingly satisfying to me. There is a whole drying ritual that I am going to try. From what I can tell, leave them outside or on a window sill for a couple of weeks to dry out – this is how the brown skins form – then you can hang them up, or trim them and store them somewhere dark. I eat onions in nearly everything though, so can’t see them lasting too long… this may all be entirely unnecessary!

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We used the first home grown onion in our salmon pasta dish last night and it was brilliant. Although I love them, I’m fully aware that onions generally aren’t that exciting, but after spending over 6 months growing the things, I have a whole new appreciation for them!

I need some recipe ideas – I might make a French onion soup this weekend, but anyone got any other onion dish suggestions?!

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