Onions in NJ
I haven't had much success with onions in the few years I've been trying. It might be because my soil is fairly sandy, or my garden isn't quite sunny enough, or I'm not watering them, or I'm crowding them... or I'm not choosing the right variety. I'm not entirely sure. Whatever I'm doing wrong, it results in onions that sort of bobble around on top of the soil and never get very big (although they store VERY well).
I'm hoping if I can narrow down some of the variables, I can increase my odds for success this year. So... should I in NJ be growing long-day or short-day onions? I'm not really in the north OR the south...! Also, my garden gets 6-8 hours of sun (depending on which bed you're looking at), so it's technically full sun but not in the sun all day long. The rest of the time, it's "open shade". Does this make any difference when considering which day length onions to choose?
Does anyone have suggestions for varieties to try? Or ideas about what I'm doing wrong?