Onion and garlic gardening during wet summers

26-07-2012
Onion and garlic gardening during wet summers

Usually, onions are very easy vegetables to grow. Not only are they easy to plant, they are also comparatively easy to grow. They tolerate even bone-chilling cold winters. When it comes to storage, few vegetables compare to their storage qualities. In fact, they keep so well that you can eat your own cultivated onions throughout the year. With that said, despite onions' hardiness, they aren't perfect. If you experience a wet or cold summer, many of your onions might develop wide necks.

Wide necks are a problem. The onions won't be able to dry as well as normal onions. This greatly decreases their storage life. While they are good for eating, you have few options but to either sell them quickly or eat them quickly. Another side effect of wet summer seasons is downy mildew fungus. This fungus is a problem during damp weather.

If you are growing garlic, you'd experience the same issues with wet summers. Garlic foliage can be struck by fungal rust which turns garlic leaves from green to a bright orange. Also, many of the leaves might die. All this adds up to a premature harvest, smaller yields, and smaller garlic heads. Given the fact that there isn't much sun during wet summers, leaving them in the ground would do them no favors.

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