A fellow reader of TMG has just had his Copra onions make the cover of the 2018 catalog from Dixondale Farms. As I’ve mentioned before, they’re one of, if not the biggest onion grower in the world.
You can see the same great close up of Jim’s Copra onions if you go to their website. It’ll be the first picture that comes up in the alternating pictures at the top.
Jim is especially proud of these onions because he gardened for years without knowing the secrets of producing the big onions that he wanted.
I emailed him and asked him to tell me why he was now able to grow these large onions for his family’s winter use.
He replied: “IT WAS YOU…AND YOUR TMG RESOURCE MATERIAL that changed everything around for me regarding onions!
— I emailed you several years ago asking for help. After I read your book, I started searching your site and located information on growing storage onions. It was then that I learned there was such a thing as “transplant onions”. ” (Transplants are onion seedlings grown elsewhere and then transplanted to your garden.)
Jim, continued, “I had just followed a habit I learned from my dad….and would plant onion ‘sets’ in hopes of growing large onions. At best, I might get one that would reach the size of a golf ball, but never anything larger. Then after reading several of your articles on the topic, I learned about transplant onions. —“
I had mentioned Dixondale in one my posts and Jim immediately placed an order. Within days he received his first batch of transplants and stuck them in the ground. Since then (3 years) he’s grown the large onions he always wanted.
He ended his email by telling me, “I’d still be trying to figure out why I couldn’t grow a nice large onion if it hadn’t been for Theresa and her TMG site.”
Jim grows about 300 onions which he says is enough to carry him through the winter.
Here’s a picture that he sent to me last year of his onions and garlic curing.
If you want to see something spectacular that Jim did with Sunflowers this year, check out the post I just put up on my other site http://flowersborders.info .
Congratulations to Jim on having his photo chosen for the cover of the catalog!
If you’re growing Copras from seed you might want to get your order in as soon as possible. I don’t know how severe the shortage is, but if you’re dependent on Copras for storage onions you won’t want to come up short.
Onions are easy once you know the simple secrets. And if you’re a regular reader you probably do.
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