Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Walla Walla bing bang

      This morning was the harvest of the Walla Walla onion crop, started from seed way back on January 15.  Remember back then when it was cold and dreary, and we would have delighted in a hot and humid summer day in the nineties?  Snow will come again and we will ache for the good old days of summer.

Walla Walla onions, 8-2-11

Walla Walla onions at top of picture

      I had started a flat of Walla Walla onion seed on 1/15/11, and a flat of Red Burgundy onions on 1/16/11.  The germination rates of both were disappointing, especially the Red Burgundy.  Both seed packets were for use in 2010, and that may have been a problem as I have since read that onion seed does not keep very well.  So maybe it would make sense on the next try to fork over for current seed rather than trying for the 1/2 off sales for prior year seed.  I would also think the seed could be planted in December, as a little more size to the seedlings would be great.  The flat of Walla Walla seedlings was transplanted this morning (that is 3-22-11), with plants on about 4 inch centers.

Walla Walla onions planted 3-22-11


  1. They look great! I love onions but sadly I never got any in the ground this year. There's always next year.

  2. Hi Michelle - growing the different onions and garlic has been fun and rewarding. The little leeks are doing quite well also. Maybe I will have more than just one leek next year. Will be planting onions and garlic within two months.

  3. I have a rule for planting onion seeds that has worked out fairly well for me- I plant 1 seed per cell for however many years ago I bought the seed. So, if it is a new pack I plant only 1 seed per cell, if it's a pack from 3 years ago I plant 3 seeds per cell.... and so on. I usually get pretty good results using this method with little thinning and few empty spaces. I just put ~180 onion transplants in the ground over the weekend!!