New Products To Make Your Gardening Easier
Dear Fellow Gardener,
Our 2008 catalog just mailed this week, so watch your
mailbox! We think you'll be pleased by the new
products we've introduced, including two new organic
Seacide for Onions. This is an all-
purpose fungicide and insecticide that needs to be
applied every 10-14 days during the growing season.
Too many customers wait until they harvest rotten
onions to realize they have a problem. When you spray
on this protective fungicide, the leaves of the onions
are coated with a completely natural fish oil that
prevents the development of fungus and bacteria. You
wanted an organic alternative to chemical fungicides
and insecticides -- and now we have one.
Omega Grow for Onions. Onions need
nitrogen to develop large leaves, and therefore large
rings. Omega Grow for Onions offers the highest
concentration of nitrogen you can get from organic
sources. It can be mixed with Seacide and sprayed on
the same rotation.
In addition to these new products, we've combined
several of our most popular items into kits so you'll
have all the essentials for harvesting, growing or
irrigating your onion crop in one handy, money-saving
package. Check out our Harvest Aid Kit; the all-natural Organic Growing Aid Kit; the Sustainable Growing Aid Kit; and the Row Crop Irrigation Kit.
All these new products are the result of customer
suggestions. If you have other items on your "onion
wish list," please drop me a line at
Onionman@dixondalefarms.com or give me a
877-367-1015. Likewise, please let me know
catalog hasn't arrived by the end of the month, and
we'll get one right out to you.
Bruce "Onionman" Frasier
Product of the Month: Red Zeppelin
Dark Red and Delicious
Here's a fabulous new globe-shaped, dark red onion
that doesn't need a "whole lotta love" to produce
jumbo and colossal bulbs when grown from our
transplants -- just a little attention, and the basic care
you'd give any onion. Based on customer feedback,
we've replaced the Red Bull with this more widely
adaptable variety, and we're sure Red Zeppelin will
please more of our customers! This delicious onion
matures in 110 days, and stores for approximately 8
From Our Friends
Our buddy Bruce Combs really has a way wth onions!
In this photo he's posing with several giant, sweet
Ailsa Craigs that weight more than six pounds. The
one he's holding is more than 23 inches around -- big
enough to fit a hat-size of 7 1/2 inches.
We love hearing from customers. Send us your
favorite "onion photo" and we'll try to include it in a
future newsletter, our next catalog or our upcoming
online Photo Album. Click
here for details on how to
submit your photos.
From Jeanie's Kitchen
Hearty French Onion Soup
- 2 tbsp of butter
- 3 large onions, peeled, sliced and separated into
- 2 cans of condensed beef broth
- 1 tbsp of A.1. Steak Sauce
- 1 cup of seasoned croutons
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella or Swiss cheese
Melt the butter in a large saucepan on medium heat,
then add the onions and cook them for 10 minutes or
until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add the broth,
two soup cans worth of water, and the steak sauce.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to
medium-low and simmer for five minutes. Preheat
your oven's broiler, then ladle the soup
evenly into four large, ovenproof bowls, and top it with
the croutons and cheese. Broil the soup for 2-3
minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Q&A: Red Bull
Q. Why is Red Bull no longer available from
A. Red Bull, a long-day storage variety we
introduced last year, didn't perform up to our
expectations. Given the feedback we've received from
all the great customers who contacted us by
telephone and e-mail, we've decided to replace Red
Bull with a new variety called Red Zeppelin (what a
name!), which also happens to be our Onion of the
Month for this issue.
Red Zeppelin is more adaptable to all long-day areas
and performs better from transplants. We expect it to
do well not only in long-day areas, but also in the
northern reaches of intermediate-day areas.
Fun Onion Facts
The substance in onions that bring tears to your eyes
is a sulfuric compound. Ever heard of sulfuric acid?
That's what's formed when the sulfuric compound
rising from a cut onion reacts with the water in your
eyes. It's a weak solution, to be sure, but it's enough to
sting like the dickens. You can protect your eyes in two
ways: by cutting up the onion under water, or by
chilling the onion and cutting into the root end last.
Send Us Your Product Reviews!
In addition to sending us photos of your
onions, we encourage you to give us
feedback on our products via the Product
Review options on the Web site. You'll find
a "write your own review" link on every
product page. Don't be shy -- we need
About Dixondale Farms
As the largest and oldest onion plant farm in the US,
Dixondale Farms offers a wide selection of top-quality,
disease-free, ready-to-plant onion plants. To see our
complete product line, request a catalog, or for
growing tips and cultural information, visit our
Web site by clicking
Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of
acres, we're committed to your success. If you have
either questions or suggestions, we'd love to hear
from you. You can reach us from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Time at 877-367-1015, or e-mail us any time