WARNING: Onion Shortage

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WARNING: Onion Shortage
« on: January 21, 2008, 16:04 »
Cooks who know their onions could be looking for alternatives this year when a predicted shortage kicks in.

Up to a third of the British onion crop has been affected by last summer's torrential rain and prices could go up by 50 per cent as supplies dwindle.

'We had a terrible season for growing onions – the rain in June and July ruined crops,' said Rob Haward, of Cambridgeshire-based River Nene Organic Vegetables.

'The onions that we did get out of the ground had a high level of moisture, so didn't store very well.'




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WARNING: Onion Shortage
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008, 20:20 »
Must admit to the ones I managed to get out last year don't seem to have kept so well and a lot of the shop bought ones are quite soft already.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008, 21:31 »
Looks like this years rain is affecting it too... I have an inkling, that I've lost my onions, that were coming on so well (and the shallots or garlic, still haven't made my mind up which of the 2 it is ;) ). My entire bottom garden was flooded today...

But hey: I'll think positive, it was a funny picture and in the end I can buy some even if they get a bit dearer




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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008, 21:50 »
Good job I planted my overwintering garlic (at bottom of plot) in ridges of soil, otherwise they have been flooded.


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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008, 09:00 »
It looks like these soaking wet Springs are here to stay. Most of my lottie will be made into raised beds this year, which should hopefully minimise the drainage issues.
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