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I pulled my onions up about two weeks ago and put them onto some tarpaulin. I laid them out when it was dry and put them back into a shed when it was wet. I currently have them sitting in the greenhouse alongside the garlic. I won't put them into an onion bag for at least another week of drying yet.

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Whether they are rotting or not, they need to be out of the ground anyway. Put the rotten ones into the compost heap and try and dry the remaining ones as I suggested. If the bad ones are rotten, other than from being so wet (ie a disease or infestation) then bin them rather than add to the compost heap.

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We lifted ours last weekend and now they're air-drying upside down in a slatted wood extension we added on the side of the chicken shed - really easy lashup but it works a treat. All the garlic was lifted and dried like this a month ago. As for the vermin - we store our onions in the byre where the cats live!

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MMM... wonder if I could cobble something together out of a few old pallets in a day :?

 

I never dry my garlic as I can't be doing with the dry skins and I couldn't get it to keep all year. I lift the lot and peel them wet as the skins come off easy. Then I chop the lot and pickle it. Going to try storing some in oil this year as vinigar doesn't do in some recipies.

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Last year we plaited them and hung them in the kitchen. Worked brilliantly. They dried off a treat. Previous years, we have had them in racks in the shed and they were just not warm enough and rotted from the stems and then inside out.

 

So I recommend plaiting and hanging them on nails off the rafters in your kitchen.

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