They are relatively low maintenance, easy to grow and store relatively well (but finding a suitably dry place to store them can be a challenge is wet Irish winters). ", "Jenn, Fill them with compost and just press the little sets into the centre. Make a slight depression in the surface of each cell and drop a modest pinch of seeds - about five to eight - into each. Sow seed in modules in January or February at 10-15°C (50-59°F). Onions and especially onions grown from sets, are usually trouble free. However So what to grow? We have an unheated greenhouse which is made of thin poly carbonate Onions are an interesting crop, as they're a biennial in nature. He used them to grow all his plants from seeds in this type of “try/plug system. Home-grown produce can save literally hundreds of dollars, while implementing evermore ingenious ways of driving down the grocery bill is all part of the fun! In late spring we often have onion plants in modules ready to plant. Warm soil temperatures, on the other hand, can trigger onion seed germination in as little as four days. ", "Again this is just my opinion; the "plugs" I use (when I use them) are trays made up of small "cells”. I am now very careful when sowing in the seed bed; first no weeds- clear the lot- grass too. 4. The e-mail does not appear to be correct. They were given to me by my brother in law who had a gardeners centre. Hope this helps-This growing is an exciting process ! The larvae of bean seed fly causes similar damage to germinating seeds and young plants. You won’t get any king-sized bulbs this way but you will get an ample supply of storable, mid-sized bulbs that are perfect for the kitchen. It will be great to look forward to later in the year, when you will be pulling fresh onions … They are both relatively undemanding crops giving good yields. Affected tissue becomes covered with dense grey mould, later turning dry and mummified. ), By clicking 'Add Comment' you agree to our Terms and Conditions, "I've got yellow and blue lupines coming up from seed, have planted about a hundred lettuce, beans, and tomatoes, and would have forgotten my onions if you hadn't mentioned them here! the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9. The injury can lead to secondary rotting. On particularly wet ground, try growing onions and shallots in raised beds or even in containers. Alternatively, use dry poultry manure. in the "clean bed" I sow rows between two markers- I use lolly-pop sticks (sorry, some folk will call them something different - so what I mean is the wooden sticks found in "popsicles" in the USA I believe - we can buy the sticks in bundles they make excellent plant lables too\) ) or plastic straws to identify just where the little shoots will be. This may help you. The seedlings can now be grown on in the greenhouse or cold frame until they are ready for planting out in early to mid spring. Sow shallot seeds in late winter. I used to have the same problem.however a quick bite will soon release that sweet onion flavour - if it is onion! Plant the onion sets 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches deep so the top of the bulb is level with the soil. The other way to grow Egyptian Walking Onions is in modules. It is only forgetfulness on my part that has me turning to sets later on in spring as a means of catching up. I would suggest that if your seedlings still aren't up they may need re-sowing, as they should have been up with two weeks. Is it a little mesh net about the size of a golfball that you place the seeds in? 3. ‘Longor’: Good yield and shape, good storage quality, suitable for exhibition Set aside a planting bed for growing from seed. If you cannot apply organic matter – use more fertiliser, up to twice as much if the soil is poor. When multi-seeded modules are planted out, the onions form a clump of bulbs. ", "This may seem like a silly question, but my husband and I are new at gardening. Onions are one of my pet crops, and bulb onions are always the first vegetable I start indoors from seed. You can sow maincrop onions under cover anytime from the turn of the year to the end of February. We planted our first garden earlier last month. How do we know if what is coming up is an onion sprout, or just grass/weeds? As the soil is still a bit cold for planting into, you can start onion sets off indoors in modules, so that by the time you come to plant them out in the garden they will already have started into growth. Then every 10cm / 4in make a small hole in the soil with your finger and place an onion set into it. Thin out first to 5cm (2in) and later to 10cm (4in). ", "Mark, the plugs are as Peta describes above - a seed tray that is effectively compartmentalised into separate cells. 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