Thanks to you, RG and Dell. I have loose soil with good drainage. It has been just hot, dry and windy here in Spokane all summer. Come to think of it I did plant some kind of sweet onions that came in a bunch. Most of those died from the hot wind that just didn't quit early at planting time.
It is not worth worrying about they are still good to eat, which will be nice this winter. A skillet of potatoes and cabbage w/onion, umm.