Last year we had an onion and potato harvest in September. Our white and red onions had been spring planted alongside the spuds.
This year we tried over wintering our onions along with the usual late autumn planted garlic.
And perhaps also encouraged by the very hot spring and early summer, we were able to harvest both at the end of June.
The white onions are the stars, all of a very good size. The red onions are not far behind, but have been left in the soil for a few more weeks just to them finish off.
The garlic are a bit disappointing in size if I’m honest. We tried two varieties this year.
The ‘Marco’ had all died back, but were generally a bit small. It’s quite possible we didn’t add enough fertiliser over winter. Still they claim to have strong flavour and be a good storer, so we shall see.
The pink ‘Carcassonne Wight’ probably could probably have had another week in the ground, and they were a bit more mixed, with some showing good colour and size, but others not.
Still, at least we now have enough garlic at The Secret Acre to survive a hard Brexit!