Despite my lack of time to take care of my garden, the onions are doing well. I have weeded them three times and I have sprinkled dry leaves over them. In the photograph below, you should be able to see the leaves. The leafy layer is not deep, probably an inch deep, more or less.
When I planted these onions I placed some of them close together, mainly because I ran out of room in the small garden bed that I had prepared. Of those planted too close to each other, I’ve harvested some to use as green onions in salads and soups.
Bulbing – I expect that any day now I will walk outside and see gigantic onions that block out the sun. A book tells me that the hours of daylight, from sunrise to sunset, is a factor for an onion to start forming a bulb. The onions that I am growing are a Bermuda type and the book tells me they need as little as 12 hours of daylight, we have 14+ hours of daylight in June.
I remember from my childhood that there is a certain day in the summer in which the gardener should assist the bulbing onion by knocking over the onion leaves (are they leaves?). I don’t remember what day that is – July 1st? This knocking over of leaves is supposed to make the onion develop a narrow neck, which is better for storage <-- but this is from memory. I'll have to do a little research. I probably will not knock over the onion leaves because they fall over by themselves. However, if one doesn't fall over, I might knock it over.
This is my garden after the 4/27/11 tornadoes. See the onions? They barely missed being flattened. Some were blown over, but they recovered.