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Subject: planting onion sets today
Date Posted: 1/30/2012 11:07 AM ET
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I have sweet red onion sets and sweet white sets to plant. It will keep me in the garden until noon if I get out right now at 8 a.m. It is about 40 out so I may wait another hour. I am in northern Los Angeles County( California)  in Leona Valley, at an elevation of 3500 ft. 

I think it is helpful if the geographic area is mentioned where one is gardening so there can be some kind of weather reference etc. An early apricot tree showed some blooms yesterday. It is way too early but the days have been warm and the tree has gotten confused.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 6:32 PM ET
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Yum, love to use lots of onion in cooking. I have never tried to grow them though.

Subject: speaking of onions
Date Posted: 1/30/2012 6:56 PM ET
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What can you do with 50 pounds. I am calling all the neighboors. Someone gave them to my husband. Wish they would have showed up this fall when we were making salsa.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 8:19 PM ET
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50 pounds of onions? Keep them dry and in a single layer not stacked up on each other. Find the perfect place in your home to store them. If you keep them dry and at an even temperature they should be good for a while.

I have never chopped and frozen onions but you might look into that  approach. You can put them in a cardboard box that will help take up moisture but they need to be in one layer.

Date Posted: 1/30/2012 10:35 PM ET
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Joan, I could eat most of them!!

I have frozen chopped onions, and they do fine if you plan to cook them in something.  They lose some of their crispness so are not good if you plan to put some on a burger.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 2:35 AM ET
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Onions are a cold weather plant so we plant them here in fall and very early Spring.  We also plant garlic at that time.  You certainly can keep them as long as they are not Walla Wallas as they rot so easily once picked.  It helps to leave a little of the stalk, not too much so about <1", on when you want them to keep for a while.  Set them out of the sun and really high temps to dry then store them in a cool place single layered.  Or as suggested, you can chop them and freeze.  They get a little extra water in them but do fine when cooked.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 7:30 AM ET
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I live in Massachusetts and it has the shortest growing season of all.

Last year tomatoes took forever to start turning red, we finally had

tomatoes in Sept.

This is worst place to try and garden.

Date Posted: 1/31/2012 9:22 PM ET
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OOPS!  Posted in the wrong discussion.



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