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How to Grow Spring Onions

This is how I grow spring onions on my allotment. I make no claims that is the best method or that it will produce the largest crops, but it has worked well for me. Note that many of the photographs show a variety of different crops to illustrate the techniques.

Sowing
 

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Plant Out                        
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Step 1

Pass fresh multipurpose compost through a fine riddle to remove any lumps - I use this cheap plastic crate.

 

Step 2

Fill pots with finely sieved compost and firm it down.

 

Step 3

Pour some seeds from the packet into a Seed Sower. Tip all the seeds to the back, then push 6-8 seeds to the nozzle-end.

 

Step 4

Covering the rest of the seeds with your thumb, carefully pour the selected seeds into a pot. Try to spread them out fairly evenly.

 

 

Step 5

Top up the pot with more finely-sieved compost.

 

Step 6

Firm down the additional compost to ensure the seeds make good contact with the soil. 

Step 7

Water carefully, so as not to wash the seeds from the compost. Place a propagator lid over the tray, and set it in a warm south-facing window for the seeds to germinate.

Step 8

Once the seeds have germinated, remove the propagator lid and transfer to a frost-free greenhouse if desired.

 

Note:

There is no need to prick-out, or thin the seedlings - they will push one another aside to create enough space to grow. Once ready, you simply plant the whole pot in the ground and grow small bunches. 

 

Planting Out

 

Step 1

Set out a straight line where you want the plants using a piece of wood or a string-line.

Step 2

Using a bulb-planter, create a suitable hole for each plant. Add a small amount of fertiliser to the bottom of the hole and mix it into the soil. Space each hole at least 10cm / 4" apart.

Step 3

Remove each bunch of onions from its pot, place it into the hole so the top of the compost is level with the soil.
Fill around the plants with soil and firm in.

 

 

Step 4

Continue the process until you have completed the row.

Step 5

If desired, set Plant Protectors in place to prevent birds, rodents and  wind damage.

Step 6

Water the plants thoroughly to ensure there are no air pockets in the soil.

Maintenance

 

   

COMING SOON

     
   

     

Harvesting

 

   

COMING SOON

     

 

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