Grow your own Onions
Onions are the mainstay of most winter soups and stews. Sow your onion seeds now and you’ll have an ample supply once winter arrives.
Step-by-step guide to growing your own onions :
- Choose a spot in your garden that gets full sun for most of the day.
- Dig up the soil well, adding a spadeful of compost and general fertiliser per square metre.
- Sow your onion seeds 1cm under the soil in rows 20cm apart (the eventual size of the onion depends on the spacing between the rows so don’t skimp on this).
- Water if the weather remains dry and feed with a weak solution of 2.3.2 fertiliser.
- Stop watering and feeding when the onions start to swell. Remove any soil or mulch to expose the bulbs to the sun.
- Onions have very shallow root systems, so they are unable to compete with weeds for water. Make sure you keep your onion patch well weeded.
- Onions are ready to harvest when the foliage turns yellow and starts to collapse. The foliage should rustle when you touch it.
- Harvest by pushing a garden fork underneath the bulb and then prying it out by its neck.
- Place your onions in a sunny spot to dry out, with their bases facing upwards. Once the skins are totally dry they can be stored in a cool, dry place.
Did you know? Onions are an age-old food source. Traces of onion remains have been found alongside fig and date stones dating back to 5000 BC.
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