Oh dear, there seems to be a bit of a kerfuffle across the channel concerning some changes to spelling. Too late for me I’m afraid. It took a great deal of effort to learn French the first time around so now I am immune to the changes – OIGNON it is.
However on the subject of longevity – here is where I am open to change. Storage of our onions has never been as successful as the shallots. We still have good solid strings of shallots in the lean to –
In my experience the red and white onions don’t store as well as the brown. Even so we do take quite a hit with spoiled brown onions, so I’m always on the look out for an onion with superb flavour AND good storage capability. This year, at the local Potato Day, I picked up a bag of ‘Jagro’ and ‘Jet Set’ onion sets alongside the potato tubers. I can’t find a huge amount of information about ‘Jagro’ – though at the event it was described has having ‘excellent flavour and good storing’. ‘Jet Set’ is a recent introduction and seems to have favourable reviews – some comments even describe it as ‘outstanding’. We shall see.
For the first time I have sown the sets in modules rather than directly in the soil.
The idea is to give the onions a head start in growth rather than having the sets rattle around in the potting shed or risk planting out into saturated soil. I use multi-purpose compost and push the set down by a third into the compost. I’ll plant them out in about a month’s time.
The lovely OH has also been hard at work – amongst other things he kindly cleaned and sharpened all the tools: