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Onion Disappointment

Back at the beginning of April, I planted onion sets with the expectation that the green shoots would catch the abundant sun and create large bulbs, which could then be eaten. The sets are about the same cost per pound as mature onions. So, it should have been a great investment.

Unfortunately, the onions didn’t work out. They lived, and set beautiful flowers, but when I pulled up my first few onions yesterday, I discovered that the bulbs they had created were tiny – only a little bit bigger than the original sets themselves.

What do I blame? Terrible garden soil? Inadequate sun?

I have no idea, but it’s turned out to be a disastrous year for almost everything in the garden. The onions were my final hope.

4 comments to Onion Disappointment

  • Jim

    You know what? I’ve found more frustration with veggies growing under the ground than with veggies growing above the ground. I find it hard to tell when they’re ready to come up without disturbing them, and then I either end up with “baby” vegetables or with overgrown, tough veggies. The veggies that grow above the ground are so much easier for me to figure out.

    But then, I hear you’ve got deer. Ech.

  • Tom

    Although that same blight or rust that hit my tomatoes so hard last year (and effected the peppers too) is back again this year, i’m having a banner year for tomatoes. My peppers aren’t doing as well as expected, but most are at least producing fruit. Beans – my goodness – i’ve got more beans than i can eat coming in every day. My squash plants took over the garden, jumped out and travelled 10 – 15 feet into my lawn and over the fence into my neighbor’s place. i finally had to tear them out (we had a lot of yellow and butternut squash stir-fry dinners) and my cucumbers only produced a small amount, disappointing. The carrots i planted have the leafy tops chewed off, so they’re really small when pulled up, so i’m letting the remainder sit in the ground until August is done. All in all, it wasn’t that bad this season.

  • been a disappointing garden year for me too. my tomatoes which usually do okay have been terrible. same for squash which usually yields more than i can eat. onions, exact same result as you. potatoes poor but i did at least get a yield. lettuce okay but not great. peas were GREAT and eggplants doing better this year than last. pretty bad overall. the one bright spot would be the rhubarb which i started from seed and has produced lots of plants most of them very healthy. i’m actually getting a small harvest from those that were planted in the chicken poop beds around the greenhouse/chicken coop. next year i’ll have a much smaller garden and will be using more chicken manure. i’ve been super cautious with it thus far, next year i’m going to go crazy with it. could not possibly be any worse than this year’s garden and if it does for my tomatoes and squash what it did for the rhubarb then i’ll have a great crop.

    • Your tomatoes and potatoes might be the blight from last year persisting, but there’s no doubt about it – vegetable gardening can be really hard work. I’ve been saving up leaf litter, and am going to combine that with wood ash and dig it into the soil with compost to work the soil, but that takes time. At least my herbs are doing well – no critters want to eat mints.

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