Several of the Super Star, Red Candy Apple, and Candy onions I planted in my garden displayed signs of being ready for harvest. The slips from Dixiondale Farms out of Carrizo Springs, Texas were planted about 3 months ago in my garden. They were bent over, and the tops were dried out. I pulled approximately 22 onions out of the garden bed on Saturday, and hung them on one of my covered clothes lines (under the patio roof outside) overnight.
On Sunday, Bulldog Man and I rigged up an old sweater drying rack and a baby gate, to continue the curing process of the onions inside our home. Over the next several days I will be adding more onions to the drying/curing process as each of the remaining onions in the garden show signs of needing harvested.
After the curing period I will be storing onions in a burlap bag for use over the next several months. I’ll also be dehydrating onions to create onion powder, making an onion marmalade (which I’ve never done before, this will be a first for me), and freezing pieces. Over the next several weeks I will follow up these processes with posts.
Sunday morning, I weed-whacked the front and both sides of the property, then pulled out the Zen Machine (tractor) and push mower, and mowed until I couldn’t take the sun and heat any more. I came inside our house to cool down, enjoy a Mexican Popsicle (which wasn’t sugar free), and a nice cool shower.
This morning I woke up, had a large cup of coffee with almond milk, a handful of honey graham crackers; then took Tylenol and water to help get rid of the headache I’ve been holding on to since Saturday.
Instead of dirtying more clothes, I pulled on the same grubby work clothes from yesterday, and proceeded to cut the grass in the garden area and the back of the property.
Okay, here’s the poop on my Okie Drip System and tomatoes. I’m totally sold on using this system for tomato plants, it works wonderfully. I’ll need to experiment with other plants to let you know how it works. I know from now on the only way I will grow my tomato plants is using this watering system.
I have a tomato plant growing from my raised compost bin. Maybe we will get some tomatoes. I’m not sure what type of tomato to expect from this plant, I guess it will be a nice surprise.