Friday, May 24, 2013

Onions May 24, 2013

As a beginning gardener, I have found onions to be one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
They are available as:
Onion seeds (in packets like many other vegetable seeds),
Onion bulbs (very small dried bulbs in mesh bags), or
Onion sets (sprouted onion bulbs sold in bundles).
I like to buy the onion bulbs.
I divided this package of 80 bulbs into 4 groups. One group I gave to a friend.
The other three groups were planted 10 days apart in March.
We like long green onions so I cover the bulbs with about 3 inches (8 cm) of soil.
For larger, round onions, plant them more shallow and farther apart.
These were planted on March 8.
We pulled the first ones to eat seven weeks later on April 27. 
If onions are left in the ground long enough, they will bloom and make seed.
I plan to save seed from this one (planted last year) and sow them in the Autumn.
I have not done this before, so we will see how this experiment goes.
Occassionally there are twins!
Even if you have to buy all your other salad ingredients as I did this week,
(lettuce, tomatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms, and sweet pickles),
Adding home-grown onions makes it special!
In case you are wondering about my Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce:
I am in the southeastern United States  zone 7.
When our temperatures go over 80F (26C), it is good-bye lettuce.
I can sow more seeds when the weather cools in September.
BTW, it is not unusual for our Summer temperatures to be over 100F (38C).
Happy Gardening!
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  1. It's always fun to grow "something" that you can harvest and eat. I usually grow pots of herbs. Love to reach down and rub the leaves everytime I walk by. Mint, of course, is the "best" fragrance. Have a nice Memorial Day weekend. Mickie :)

  2. You know I've never thought about planting them in stages. That's a very good idea.

    Happy holiday.

  3. Hi Lea - thanks for joining in this month :)

    I'm doing a similar experiment with some small garlic cloves I had left over this year. The idea is to harvest them as green garlic so we have garlic a little earlier than usual.

    BTW bees absolutely adore the flowers of any of the allium family!

  4. Hi Lea, growing your own beats anything you can buy! I haven't got much room to grow vegetables, and my garden is not very practical for growing veg either, but I have window baskets for salad, radish, beetroot and herbs. I have already had my first salad dinner this year, lovely :-)
    Take care, Helene.

  5. I left one of my white onions in the ground in 2011 and it flowered profusely in 2012. It's a flower that bees absolutely adore so my veg patch was buzzing last year - hurray!! And I was able to save the seed in due course ;)


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