A local heirloom we have saved from extinction
bolt-resistant and very long-keeping.
In recent trials it was the only red onion to do equally well planted either spring or fall.
At the local farmers' market, we saw some red onions for sale and found that they were the last of the onions bred by local nursery owners Joe and Wanda Turi, who had since died. We bought the whole box and took it to Ellen Bartholomew at Golden Rule Garden, who grew our seedstock. Mill Creek was the name of the Turi's nursery.
BOTANICAL NAME: Allium cepa
Start seeds in flats early in the season; typically at least 2 months before last frost. Transplant seedlings 4" apart. Will grow best in a fairly rich, light loam with plenty of organic matter (compost, etc). Soil must be kept moist and keep well-weeded. This onion grows to a large size. Matures in about 14-17 weeks. When tops start to yellow, cease watering. Harvest when tops are dead, and cure in a shady airy place for 2 weeks before storing.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: W/Matures 14-17/Harvest 0-6/Yield 200-600/Spacing 4"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Trials in our area found it to be the only onion they trialed that did equally well planted with in the spring or fall. Thank you to Ellen Bartholomew at Golden Rule, Jeff Myers and Jason Menesini for undertaking the rescue of this local heirloom.