We’ve never had much luck growing onions or other root crops.
In Morris, our soil was too heavy, and root crops were leafy at best. We ate a lot of beet greens, actually! When we moved to the “Great Anoka Sand Plain,” I was excited to see how our carrots, onions, and potatoes would turn out.
Last year, we had an incredible amount of huge turnips – here’s a great (and sad) photo of our Golden Nigel, that shows how big they got:
Nigel loved turnips… and Puck, our boxer, has just discovered where they are growing in the garden again this year. Uh oh ….
But we didn’t have the greatest soil last summer – my pickup truck died 7 hauls into deliveries from the Free Compost Site in our county, and our carrots, onions, and beets didn’t amount to much. We ended up leaving most of them in the ground actually – and after working 20 cubic yards of compost into the soil this spring, onions started coming up everywhere! And they are HUGE!
I planted new onions this year too, and the bulbs are already larger than they were in August last year.