Harvesting onions and autumn salads

With September fast approaching it is a time of harvest, but also time to get the polytunnel ready for the autumn/winter. I’m really please with my onion crop. I have never had such big specimens. I think it may be a combination of a good growing season and the new ground they were in. Today, I gave up waiting for a nice sunny day and started to dig them up. I have laid some out in the hope of a bit of dry weather this coming week. But the kids also helped me transport (using a little wheelbarrow and toy tractor & trailer) some to the greenhouse and polytunnel. There isn’t much space in either but where we can we have left them drying. Once dry, we’ll hang in an open woodshed for use throughout the autumn and winter.

Onion harvest drying

Onion harvest drying

We also cleared out a couple of the less productive cucumber plants from the poly and planted some stir fry greens, winter purslane and rocket. The salad crops I set a few weeks ago are doing well. We’re harvesting them everyday for lunch. I think they may have benefited from the cool temperatures we’ve had this month.

Polytunnel - autumn salad crops

Polytunnel – autumn salad crops

While out with my camera I noticed that despite the cool, cloudy day the thistle flowers were still attracting butterflies (and just a couple of bees) though not as many as that sunny day a week ago as in my previous post.

Red admiral on thistle

Red admiral on thistle

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3 thoughts on “Harvesting onions and autumn salads

  1. Eliza Waters

    Your onions are lovely. Your onions won’t freeze in the woodshed? I have to bring mine into the cellar come November as it gets too cold out in the shed. I’m on the fence about the coming cool weather. I love the time of year and the harvest, but I mourn the loss of growing things. Cycles of life – a time to sow, a time to reap!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thanks Eliza. We have pretty mild winters here in Ireland, particularly here in the west. Average winter temperatures range from about 4 to 8 degrees Celsius (39-46 Fahrenheit). We will get night frosts but maybe only about 20 over the winter and temperatures are often only just below freezing. We’re lucky that way. I too will miss the joys of seeing things grown and will be waiting eagerly for next spring!

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      1. Eliza Waters

        You’re blessed to have mild winters! And they are shorter than ours, too. Last winter went on and on and the forecasts for this coming one aren’t too cheerful. Oh well, at least the woodshed is full. 😉

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