June 2020
Greetings!

We have a couple short weeks left in our cantaloupe season before the 2020-2021 onion season preparations begin.

A good handful of our customers have contacted us recently asking why their onions have gone to seed (or flower). Read on to learn about onion bolting and ways to prevent and handle it.

Happy Growing and Stay Healthy,
Bolting Onions
It's natural for an onion plant to send up a flower or seed stem after bulbing, if given the opportunity. But if it does so before bulbing, in response to environmental stress (generally cold weather), this is known as "bolting." The onion won't develop any further, and the inner ring will soon become inedible.

Don't store bolted onions, as seed stems weaken the tops of the onions as they exit, so infection could more easily result.

If the temperature consistently falls below 50 F for two weeks or more, mature plants with 7-10 leaves will bolt. A cold, wet spring followed by a hot summer can also cause bolting. Larger plants are more susceptible to bolting because they mature earlier, and thus have more leaves.

Easy ways to avoid bolting are to buy the proper plant varieties for your region, and to plant them at the proper time. Don't over fertilize, because vigorous growth may lead to bolting. Furthermore, make sure the soil isn't too loose; otherwise, the plant may be encourage to bolt and spread its seed.

Maximizing Your Yield
You can't control the weather or completely preclude your onions from bolting or splitting, but if you'll follow the guidelines above, you can limit those problems and make sure your onions bulb properly. We hope you've found this discussion useful; if you have questions, please check our FAQs page for answers.
If you have growing questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.  Contact Customer Service at (830) 876-2430 or email   customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
From Our Friends
Joseph from Greenville, Utah sent in a photos of his friend winning two ribbons for the leeks she grew from Dixondale Farms. She won a 1st place blue ribbon in one of the vegetable categories and a Judges' Choice Award for all vegetable categories in their Beaver County Fair last August in Utah.

Thank you to Joseph for sharing their Lancelot Leeks growing success!

Share Your Photos with Us! We'd love to publish yours in an upcoming newsletter. Just e-mail your onion photos to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com.
Storing Your Onions
As your onions begin to approach harvest, we wanted to share some drying and storage ideas with our customers. Allowing onions to properly dry will help maximize their storage potential.
Above, Hudson England shared his drying method with a fence panel that allows the tops to be folded over and create that "seal" between the top of the onion and the bulb.

Creating that seal at the bend of the onion will keep moisture out of the bulb and prevent disease from rotting the centers of the onions.
The red rack above was shared by Louanne Leitch of Washington as her drying method for her Highlander, Walla Walla, Red River, and Sterling onions.


Here is another great example from Perry Walker from Scottsdale, AZ on storing and drying your onions. In this picture the onions shown are 1015Y Texas Super Sweet and our Texas Legend.

Fungicides

One of the biggest issues when growing onions can be bacteria that hinders the onion growing process. If you have planting your onions and are expecting rain or experiencing rain in the near future, we  highly recommend  spraying your onions with a fungicide.
 
Here is a list of fungicide products that will help fight off any diseases during the growing season and help ensure you have a successful onion crop.
Our best selling fungicide!
Don't let rain and high humidity destroy your onion crop. When you realize that they aren't storing well, it is too late. This broad-spectrum fungicide helps control downy mildew, tip blight, botrytis, stemphylium leaf blight, and white tip. These diseases can appear after only 12 hours of leaf wetness and only a very experienced eye can discover the spores that are created. 
$20.95 each
• Organic approved formula, EPA registered standards
• Chlorine and ammonia free
• Each bottle is 32 fl. oz.

For organic gardening controlling Botrytis, Tip Blight, Rust, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Spider Mites, Aphids, Whiteflies, and other insect pests. Multi-purpose fungicide/insecticide/miticide - a 3-in-1 product. Kills egg, larvae, and adult stages of insects. Prevents fungal attack of plant tissue. This product can be used on vegetables, fruits, nuts, flower, and house plants. Cannot be shipped to CA. $19.95 each
• Organic approved formula, EPA registered
• Alternative to copper-based products
• Chlorine and ammonia free
• Leaves no harmful residue
• Convenient, ready-to-use bottle
• Use indoor and outdoors
• Weekly use increases fruit and vegetable yields
• OMRI Listed

OxiDate is the eco-friendly way to effectively stop diseases such as powdery/downy mildew, phytophthora, brown rot, wilts, blights, and bacterial wilt on contact. It kills bacterial and fungal pathogens and fights against disease caused by micro-organisms, but without harming the environment or posing a risk to human health or safety. Oxidate may be used as a preventative and curative treatment on any type of fruit, vegetable or citrus tree.
$19.95 each
Around the Farm
Carrizo Cantaloupe season is in full swing! Check out several of the retail grocery store displays with our melons. We take great pride in our cantaloupes still looking, smelling, and tasting like a cantaloupe.

While most of our melons stay within the state of Texas, if any of our customers ever spot them, feel free to share your photos with us.

You can email customerservice@dixondalefarms.com or share on Facebook or Instagram.

Mini Hot Browns
Ingredients
• 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
• 1/4 cup boiling water
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
• 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
• 18 slices snack rye bread
• 6 ounces sliced deli turkey
• 1 small onion, thinly sliced and separated into rings
• 5 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Dissolve bouillon in water; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; add cream and bouillon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir in cheese until melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Place bread on two baking sheets. Layer each slice with turkey, onion and cheese mixture. Bake until heated through, 10-12 minutes. (Or preheat broiler and broil until edges of bread are crisp and sauce is bubbly, 3-5 minutes.) Sprinkle with bacon and parsley.

This great onion recipe comes from Taste of Home ! If you have an onion recipe you'd like us to share, please email it to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
All Your Questions Answered
We have answers to your  frequently asked questions ! Just click the link for information on planting, caring, feeding, harvesting, and storing onions.  
You can also read our electronic  Planting Guide  or download and print a  PDF guide  (which includes leeks). 

And be sure to review our  short videos  on Facebook. Topics range from fertilizing and dealing with cold weather to how onion plants are harvested. You can view these videos even if you don't have a Facebook account.
About Dixondale Farms
As the largest and oldest onion plant farm in the U.S., Dixondale Farms offers a wide selection of top-quality, disease-free, ready-to-plant onion plants. To see our complete product line or get growing tips and cultural information, visit our  Web site  .

New customer? Sign up to be put on our 2021 catalog mailing list  here . Catalogs will be mailed in the fall. We're available from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM CT at 830-876-2430, or e-mail us at  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com  .

Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of acres, we're committed to your success.
Join Us on Social Media!
Facebook Icon
We invite you to join the community on our   Facebook page  . You can connect with us and fellow growers to share stories, photos, recipes, weather information, and other tips. 
We're on Pinterest too. Check out  our Pins  which include photos covering small space onion gardens, tasty onion recipes, planting tips, and more.
Don't forget to subscribe to our   YouTube  channel! Our videos will guide you on selecting the right onion variety, applying fertilizer, the best weed control options, and more.

You can also join us on  Instagram , a photo community where we're sharing even more Dixondale photos.
Dixondale Farms 
 P.O. Box 129, 
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834
(830) 876 2430