Many city gardeners grow small quantities of onions in the spring, only to be faced with the question of how and where to store them. A great method that takes up almost no space is the “nylon hose” storage system. Take the leg of a sheer (the sheerer the better) lady’s nylon hose and drop in an onion all the way to the toe. Tie a knot about 2 inches above the onion. Drop in another onion and tie another knot, and repeat until the whole hose is used. The finished product will look a lot like a lumpy sausage. Hang the hose with onions in a cool, dark, dry location. When you want an onion, cut off the bottom section.

This method keeps the onions well aired and dry, and away from contact with plastic or other materials that could cause rot. Not only will your onions last longer, getting an onion is easy and convenient.

Mary Hamlin, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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