Friday, 9 January 2015

Storage Check

Thursday was another rather mild day for January but by late evening the wind had picked up to gale force and the battering which is forecast to last through the weekend into the early part of next week had begun.

We visited the plot earlier in the week to harvest some fresh vegetable. Besides our fresh and frozen supplies we still have some of last year’s crop in store in our garage.
We are now well through last season’s onion crop and these few onions left in this box will soon run out. We do have lots of smaller onions and shallots left and these are so far keeping very well.
We've a couple of boxes of shallots and smaller onions to use up before we’ll need to begin buying from the greengrocer. I'm not expecting our supplies to last through until late May or early June when our new crop of overwintering onions will be ready to harvest.

Alongside the boxes of onions and shallots are our potatoes.
These too are keeping in good condition and despite the reasonably warm spell of weather for January they aren’t showing any signs of sprouting. We should have enough potatoes to last us through to the end of March. By this time any remaining potatoes will be sprouting and the potatoes themselves will be going soft and be of no use in the kitchen.

This year we are storing our pumpkins in the summerhouse to see if they survive better than they do if left in the greenhouse. 
So far so good the pumpkins are still as firm as the day they went in the summerhouse. We've had a few cold nights and the temperature in summerhouse has been below freezing but they seem to have survived.

We're now hoping to get through the next few days of storms without any damage. 


  1. I haven't tried my Crown Prince squash yet, I think I will soon though. My onions haven't kept well this year, I'm not sure why. I've had nasty brown liquid dripping out of empty onions skins, and some are growing while some are a bit soft, either starting to rot or going mouldy. I'm guessing I didn't dry them for long enough, although they have been hanging in an airy garage. I do still have quite a few, but like yours they won't last me until the next lot are ready. I thought the weather here was going to be quite nice at the weekend, but I've just checked again after reading your comments about the wind and it's going to be very breezy, to say the least.

    1. I'm planning a pumpkin pie in the next few days. My biggest problem is cutting into the Crown Prince in the first place. Need to be extra careful that I keep all my fingers attached!


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