How to grow Onions in the Garden
Getting the best from Seeds or Sets
Onions can be grown two ways, from Seed or pre-prepared Onion Sets. Although it may appear to go against my frugal grain, I prefer Sets solely on the grounds that should my seeding not go to plan I may miss the boat !
Early varieties ahould be sown when the temperature is above 13 degrees, it's therefore a good idea to sow under Glass.
These are brought from most Gardening Shops from the end of January and can be planted out as soon as the weather and soil seem suitable. Most people leave this until March.
Regular hoeing to reduce weeds is required, a job which requires patience and a good back! Growing them in raised beds will help though.
Onions are a what you see is what you get Vegetable, you'll know when the right time to lift them is solely on appearance.
Pests and Diseases
Baby plants are subject to attack from Birds, so protect accordingly, I use upside down Bread Baskets but Mesh would be better.
Onions are ideal companion plants for Carrots, brassicas, beets, strawberries, tomatoes and lettuce.Avoid growing near Lentils, they don't get on.
Dates and times given may vary by Region and on the Variety chosen to grow. Please check the Seed Packets for individual guides.
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