Thousands of onions – harvested and curing

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Thanks to everyone who came out to help this week. So many dedicated folks came out that we finished the onion harvest in record time – a day ahead of schedule, in fact. That means we won’t be looking for onion harvesting and racking helpers tomorrow, but we hope you’ll join us again soon for the potatoes. If you want to stay up to date with UACC events, and you haven’t signed up for our email list, you can sign up by clicking here.

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We also had a great turnout on for our Wednesday evening workday at Friendship Court. Kudos to Toni Eubanks for spreading the word and encouraging her neighbors to come out and help. We tackled the weeds in the sweet potatoes, and they’re looking great!

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The next volunteer opportunity will be Wednesday, July 16, starting at 4pm, but meeting at our garage at 405 Avon for some general upkeep of our headquarters. Farmer Todd will be just getting out of his second wave of hand surgery about that time, but UACC Board Secretary Mo Nichols has offered to organize. We hope you’ll come and help us keep our humble abode looking sharp. As always, thanks for your continued support!

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3 thoughts on “Thousands of onions – harvested and curing

  1. Pam Dawling

    What beautiful onions! And what clever racks! They look compact, manageable and very effective! Would you consider posting instructions on how to make them? Pam

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    1. messogreens Post author

      Hi Pam,

      I hope your gardens are growing well this year. Thanks for the compliments. The racks are super simple to make. They are basically just 4’x8′ sheets of 1/2″ plywood cut into quarters with 6″ blocks cut from 2×4’s for legs. The neat thing about using 6″ blocks for legs is that you can use up all those scrap ends of 2×4’s that always seem to accumulate after projects.

      The shelves are modular, so you can make them as short or as tall as you like. Each shelf consists of one plywood piece with four legs attached at each corner. They link together kind of like Ikea furniture. The bottom center of each leg has a shallow hole drilled into it that is the diameter of a screw head. I then partially drive screws into the top of the plywood shelf at each of the four corners, so that the head of the screw sticks up half an inch or so. The screws nest inside the hole in the bottom of each support leg, locking each piece together. They’re surprisingly sturdy. I set up a template to mark the legs and the spot where the screws go, so that each of them is the same. Therefore any of the shelves will lock together. Hope the description makes sense.

      Best wishes,

      Todd

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      1. Pam Dawling

        Hi Todd, Thanks for directions! They do seem like simplicity itself. And so nice to find a use for offcuts!
        Yes, our gardens are doing well this year. We have a great crew, full of enthusiasm and committed energy. As always, the weather has some challenges at times. We haven’t got many onions this year, but I have time to make racks for next year. Our warm weather veggies have started to come in (sweet corn, eggplant, outdoor tomatoes, asparagus beans.)

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