Peter Pieri, a French soldier brought a sweet Italian onion from the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean, to the Walla Walla valley in southeastern Washington and continued growing and developing it into the famous sweet onion that it is today. Walla Walla onions are sought after for their sweet, crisp, juicy white flesh. The low amounts of pyruvic acid in these onions allow for it to be less sharp and unpleasant, and the high amount of sugar and water in them makes them absolutely wonderful when cooked. These are a long day onion meant for growing in Northern latitudes where the sun shines for 14+ hours per day.
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Germination occurs around 15-20 degrees Celsius, so do not use a heat mat for germination. Transplant outdoors 8″ apart in good organic compost amended soil, in full sun when all chance of frost has past. When 50% of the onion tops fall over, push the rest down and harvest within a week. Cure in the sun for 10 days in the field and cover if rain occurs during those 10 days. Curing onions is crucial for storage.
Originating in Northern Asia and Siberia, and now predominantly grown in Japan, these long hollow topped onions are sweet, savoury and mild, and are great in egg dishes, or on top of potatoes, salads, whitefish, soups and pair well with cream sauces. Easy to grow and don’t need a lot of attention.
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep, 3″ apart, in full sun when all chance of frost has past. Will not form bulbs and grows to 12-15″ high. Prefers organic compost amended soil.
Onions were originally brought to Spain by the Romans, and have since been popularized to all 4 corners of the planet. These mild, sweet, yellow onions are great for northern regions where the summer days are longer than most. This onion is great for any recipe and will produce heavy 1 lb. globes with a light papery skin.
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep indoors 6 weeks before last frost. Transplant or sow directly outside in well aerated ground, 6″ apart in full sun, when ground is warm and all chance of frost has past. Plants will benefit from a liquid fish fertilizer.
Dating as far back as the 1700’s as “Large Red”, then renamed by onion growers of Wethersfield Massachusetts in the 1850’s. These slightly flattened deep red pleasant pungent flavored onions have concentric circles of red and are loved by gardeners everywhere. These are long day onions suited best for Northern regions where the summer days are long
Sow seeds 1/4″ deep, indoors 4 weeks before last frost. Transplant or sow directly outdoors 4-6″ apart in full sun, when ground is warm and all chance of frost has past. Will benefit from light shallow weeding and mulching to keep soil temperatures down.