ONION UNDER NEWSPAPERS + HARVESTING ONION WITH GREEN FEATHERS - MY EXPERIENCE
Among gardeners, it has long been considered an axiom that harvesting should be carried out with yellowing and lodging of the feather. However, in practice, you can act differently. The result will only get better.
ONION UNDER WALLPAPERS OR NEWSPAPERS?
I decided to dedicate my letter to him - my beloved bow. And I'll tell you how, with proper care, he can easily endure any oddities of the weather. For example, the summer season before last in our area was quite unusual: the whole of May was very dry and hot, the temperature reached 34 °. I did not have enough strength to work in the beds, in the well - water for irrigation. Of course, not all plants survived this. For example, the Elsanta strawberry burned down, and Velvetnaya, although it withstood the drought, gave a very small harvest. The raspberries suffered, especially the remontant ones: this is still that water loaf.
And after hot May came rainy and not particularly warm June and July. Here, cucumbers, tomatoes and potatoes already gave a slack: it was clear that the plants were not sweet. I also looked closely at the onions, but its entire appearance seemed to say: “What am I? I'm nothing". And then came the moment of truth - harvesting. And the onion really didn't disappoint! On a turnip that year, I planted my Dutch sevok, which I have been growing since perestroika, as well as Red Baron and Stuttgarter Riesen (I bought their planting material in a store).
At the same time, I will say that when planting this onion, my daughter Svetlana and I decided to test a new method - under newspapers. Information about him was taken from Dacha, but modernized to fit our conditions and capabilities.
For example, instead of several layers of newspapers, they took a roll of old unnecessary wallpaper. What's the salt? And the fact that they are heavier than ordinary newsprint, so they are not blown away by the wind. In extreme cases, it was necessary to throw a few clods of earth on top - and that was all. Well, it is also easier and more convenient to cover the entire area of the garden in width and length with wallpaper, therefore the work went faster. For the purity of the experiment, on another bed, the mentioned varieties of onions were planted in the traditional way. Care for both ridges was the same: watering, weeding, top dressing.
What is the bottom line? The onions under the wallpaper turned out to be less productive. Apparently, during irrigation (and this culture, as you know, water is especially needed in the first half of the growing season), not all moisture got into the pits where the sevok was sitting. In the holes made in the wallpaper, weeds nevertheless germinated, and during weeding, some of the bulbs were pulled out with them - they had to be planted. Yes, when covering the beds with wallpaper, you do not have to weed the aisles, but you cannot loosen them either. But it takes a lot of time to cut the holes for the onions. In short, we decided not to use this method anymore, without belittling the idea itself, because it is not for nothing that it is said that each hut has its own rattles.
BIGGER OR SMALLER?
Now back to harvesting. This work had to start at the end of July, without waiting for the yellowing and lodging of the leaves, since the end of the rainy season was not expected and I was afraid that my onion would start to germinate again - this happens to him. In fact, I always try to start digging before the leaves lodge, because in place of the onion you need to have time to make a warm bed before the winter cold, and sow mustard on it or plant sprouted potatoes in order to get a second harvest.
A bow, harvested with green feathers, will take its toll while ripening under cover. So there is no harm to him, rather, on the contrary, it is more useful to him.
Of course, attempts to remove two crops from one bed deplete the soil, but the next summer, organic matter embedded inside a warm ridge, as well as sowing siderats, restore fertility well. After such agricultural practices, the earth becomes loose, the legs sink into it, like in a swamp. Just do not think that I am growing a second crop in all the beds: of course, I alternate them.
I will continue the story about the bow.
When harvesting in the summer described, its feather was still quite green, only some specimens showed yellowed tips, and the necks were still thick and soft. He would still grow and grow, but how much more?
As a rule, my daughter and I never remove the onions from the garden on the day of digging - we let the bulbs soak in the air for at least three days. If the weather is hot, cover them with tulle or gauze so as not to burn out. During this time, the onion should receive a dose of ultraviolet radiation, then it is better stored in winter.
Three days later I bring it under an open veranda, where it is warm and breeze: that's where it ripens. I cut off the feathers when they are completely dry: I leave stumps of 3-4 cm and cut the thick necks into four parts. My onion is stored under the verandas until the cold weather, and then with my help it moves to the basement.
But in that wet summer, we immediately removed the dug out onions under the veranda. All three varieties yielded well. The dried onions weighed an average of 240 g, and some record holders pulled at 260-270 g. Most housewives do not like large onions in the kitchen (me too), but what a thrill it is when you harvest and see that your work has not been in vain ! And when preparing salads for the winter, the time for cleaning the bulbs is reduced - instead of four small ones, you can prepare two large ones.
And I would like to draw your attention to one more important detail. In recent years, when shaking off the soil from the bulbs in the second half of the growing season (as well as when "lighting up" in the garden bed after sampling), the upper edible scales become green, coarse and can only be eaten boiled or fried. Therefore, contrary to science, we will try this year instead of raking off the earth, on the contrary, to huddle onions.
I also wanted to tell you about the experience of winter crops, but this is another time: "The fighter's hand is tired of pricking ..."
Dear summer residents, if anyone has any questions, I am always ready to answer them.
© Author: Nina Alexandrovna BORISOVA Nizhny Novgorod region.
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