I planted my onions in March this year having had a failed crop last year when I overwintered them. Four rows of sets planted, four rows of lovely onions lifted – a great relief as some of my near neighbours on the plot lost several rows to onion rot this year (a nasty fungal disease that renders the soil useless for growing onions again for at least 8 years)
I pulled all of my onions up one sunny July afternoon and as we don’t have anywhere to dry them out at home I created a make shift drying store at the allotment using a mini greenhouse frame and plastic sheeting. There my onions basked for about a month before I hauled them home to create my onion strings.
I didn’t have a clue about how to string onions but thanks to the school of YouTube this brilliant 5 minute video taught me everything I needed to know. My teacher was a charming old boy called Jack Hargreaves who featured in a number of ‘Old Country‘ episodes for Channel 4 in the 1980’s.