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Onions are nearing harvest…..

These red onions I am growing are looking so healthy! I do wish I had not planted them all at the same time, I got a little over excited ……. I should have at least done them a week apart – oh well live and learn. I have read that they will be ready to pick when the green parts there begin to droop and lay on the ground, according to when I planted them they should be ready to harvest in about a week so we’ll see. I also have to read more about harvesting them because some onions need to dry out before they can be eaten too, so more research is required.

The big question is: Why do onions make you cry?

When you cut into an onion, the cell walls are damaged releasing a sulfur compound called propanethial-S-oxide which floats into the air. This compound is converted into sulfuric acid when it comes in contact with water which is why it stings your eyes. Chilling inactivates the propanethial-S-oxide so it does not float into the air. Thus, no tears.

To keep eyes dry when chopping onions, try chilling peeled onions in the refrigerator before chopping. To get the onion smell off of your hands, rub with lemon juice or vinegar. To freshen onion breath, chew a little parsley or a coffee bean.

Enjoy your onions!

Charlie wishes you a great week! Don’t worry about the garden, he’ll keep an eye out.


Challenge: Grow your own potatoes…

Project: grow potatoes from your own!

I am following my Dad’s instructions so here goes. Every Irish person MUST grow potatoes in their garden! Here is how:

Put a few potatoes in a brown bag under your sink for 10 days. When you look at them after 10 day they should have sprouted. Then cut them like in the picture to include an eye or sprout in each piece. Well in the photo you will notice I cut them all a little different because I wasn’t real sure – some small than others etc… Then plant in your garden 2″ deep, one at a time about a foot apart. Dad says eventually a green leafy plant will grow out then a white flower will appear, then the white flower will fall off and die. It is then you dig up your spuds!

Up for the challenge? I AM!! 🙂 Let’s do this! Mine are ready to go into the ground tomorrow — we’ll see!

THIS JUST IN:::::::::::Make sure when you plant them you plant them in hills. I will post pics later today when I get mine into the ground.


I just found this website that talks all about what we are trying: