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How to Harvest and Cure Onions

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Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from FineGardening.com and our sister site FineCooking.com. We’ll be following a gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) as they plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare food crops.

Episode 3: How to Harvest and Cure Onions

Onions need a long growing season. Plan on harvesting toward the end of summer. It’s easy enough to harvest them by pulling them out of the ground. The most important thing is to cure the bulbs, which means allowing them to air-dry for about a month with their tops on. Spread the bulbs evenly on trays or screens and allow them to air-dry in a cool, dry spot. Then cut off the tops (leaving an inch or so behind), brush off any dirt, and store until you’re ready to use them.

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