Last week's harvest was very similar to that of the previous week, I guess at this time of year it is what is expected.Two crops that didn't feature in last week's harvest were swede and beetroots.
We hadn't grown swede for a few years as we never seemed to get around to sowing the seed in time. The seeds would be sown in modules and transplanted and the transplants were weedy things and didn't really produce much at all. This year we went for direct sowing and the plants grew better but the roots are smaller than expected and cramped for space.
I guess that I'll just have to get over my aversion to thinning out the seedlings.
The beetroot seems to manage without thinning, although it does suffer from the attentions of some underground nibblers. Fortunately most of the root is OK.
So why the weeping over onions? It was nothing to do with chopping them. Incidentally I have a cure for this that doesn't involve sucking a spoon, wearing a peg on your nose or peeling underwater etc. I have found when I am wearing my contact lenses I can chop onions sniffle free. Sorry I digress.
Our onions and shallots were stored in the allotment shed. Last week I noticed that some had mould growing in them and also that they were all very wet. I removed all the mouldy individuals and decided the bring the rest home to store in the summer house. I don't think we will be sitting in there any time soon.
The next day everything was dry but will the damage have been done? All I can do now is to keep an eye on things and quickly remove any that start to rot.
We really have had a problem drying onions and keeping them dry this year so we need a better solution. There is only room in the summer house now because we have used most of the apples that previously occupied the space. I was thinking some sort of shelving unit that would fold up to store away when not being used may work. What we really need is a cool dry basement but no chance of that!