How to grow your own vegetables

Part 3: Onions


Onions are the most useful and popular vegetable in the kitchen, and growing them in your garden is easy and makes sure you have plenty on hand.
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Onions can be grown from seed or from small bulbs called sets. Onions need an open sunny site to grow.
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For White onions:

  • Plant in humus-rich, moist but well drained soil in a sunny position.
  • Lay onions out to dry a day before harvesting.
  • Make sure your planting area is well prepared beforehand in a necessary amount of compost fertiliser.
  • Water plants well before planting out and afterwards if the soil seems dry.
  • Remove plants from soil by pushing through from the underside.

For Red onions:

  • Plant outside, spacing 15cm (16in) apart in rows 30cm (12in) apart in humus-rich, moist but well drained fertile soil.
  • Water well if the weather is dry.
  • Again, Make sure your planting area is well prepared beforehand in a necessary amount of compost fertiliser.
  • Water plants well before planting out and afterwards if the soil seems dry.
  • Remove plants from soil by pushing through from the underside.

-Deborah DOAF x

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