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The Onion Field

Sorry for that macabre reference. If you’re a movie buff (and a fairly old one, at that) you know what I mean.

Also sorry for the uninspiring photo. But that’s what newly planted onions look like. And that’s what you might think about doing right about now, because although these little onion sets don’t look like much, they’ll turn into some some of tastiest veggies in the garden, harvestable in July or August.

These are Texas sweet onions (also known as 1015). Other sweet onions I’ve seen (for sale to plant in the garden) are Oso and Walla Walla. You’ve probably heard of them. They taste about the same as Vidalia onions, as far as I’m concerned. (Which is a good thing.) And if I’m not mistaken, the name “Vidalia” refers not merely to a variety, but also to that place in Georgia where they’re grown. So, theoretically you can’ t grow Vidalias even if you have the same kind of onion! But I’m wandering here…..

Onions are about the easiest thing you’ll ever grow. Plant in early spring, let ‘em go through mid/late summer until the tops start flopping, and they should be ready to eat. My favorite way: cut a small hole in the onion, insert a bullion cube, then wrap completely in foil. Put it on the barbecue (or an oven works, too) for 30-45 minutes and out comes the tenderest, tastiest delicacy ever. I’m gettin’ hungry right now, just writin’ about it.


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