Dateline: 17 August 2016
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Once picked, onions need to be cured for a period of time before they can be stored for the winter. Specifically, the necks need to be perfectly dry. This curing process can take a few weeks.
When I was a kid, my parents had a barn with large doors that opened up to a drive floor on the upper level. There was a smaller door opposite of the big doors. So we could open all the doors and have a lot of sheltered ventilation. We layered the onions on old boards that were set up between chairs.
I dont have a barn or even a garage to shelter my onions while they cure. But I have a makeshift woodshed next to my house. It consists of a roof and open sides. Good enough. In Upland we do the best we can with what we have. :-)
In the picture above, you can see my onions laid out on the boards. They have lots of good air flow around them. The green tops will dry down and I'll trim them to an inch (or so) above the bulb before putting them in net bags and hanging them in the pantry off our kitchen.