Growing Tips

Onions

Onions are best grown in the same bed for several years to increase fertility. Dig soil deeply with compost or manure incorporated in the autumn. Rake down and firm to a fine level bed prior to sowing. Can be sown indoors or in the greenhouse in February. Under cloches in March. Outside in April when soil is warm. Seeds may be sown direct in rows 12" apart in drills. In cold areas plant onion sets (small dry bulbs) in April, push into soil so that the top of the onion is exposed. Fresh manure will produce thick necked bulbs. In August when stems yellow, bend tops over into the centre of the row to speed up ripening. Cloches also speeds up ripening. In late August lift bulbs to a dry, sunny. airy place to complete drying process.

 

Pests: Onion Fly, Eelworm, Thrips

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