This site is an archive of For the latest information about Susy and her adventrures, visit the Cultivate Simple site.
Thank you for all your support over the years!

Sunbathing: Curing Onions

August 19th, 2008

I harvested all of my onions. They aren’t very big, that seems to be the theme of my vegetables this year. Oh well, we’ll call them shallots (more hoity-toity). This year I started red onions from seeds (they did the best, the biggest nicest onions). I also started yellow onions from sets. They’re all pretty small, I’m wondering if I can save some for sets next year?

So how do you know when to pick your onions? When the tops flop over, simple as that. When you notice they’ve flopped leave them in the ground for about 10 days. Then pull them and leave them in the sun for a day or two. Next, move them to a sheltered spot for a week or two to finish drying (turn them once a day to make sure all parts dry). Make sure you give them room to breath, I dry mine on my compost sifter in the garage, works perfectly. When they’re fully dry, pick out any thick-necked or soft bulbs and use them first. They are ready to store when the skins rattle and the roots are dry and wiry.
Anyone else have onion curing tips?

2 Comments to “Sunbathing: Curing Onions”
  1. Joe on August 24, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I have no curing tips, but your onions look awesome! Have you ever grown shallots? I may try planting some, as they are quite delicious!

    Reply to Joe's comment

  2. Susy on August 24, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I haven’t I think I may try next year.

    Reply to Susy's comment


This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

Read previous post:
Making the Bed

This past Thursday I cleaned out one of my raised beds. I harvested the carrots and cabbage and gave up...