digit(ID/WA)June 24, 2011

Rad! Wicked! Awesome! Sweets:

Plunking in sets isn't the only way to enjoy scallions from the garden! The seeds for these sweet onion went into potting soil in the greenhouse about the 1st of February. I didn't turn the heat on in there for about 6 weeks! I'd pull the flats down on the floor and cover them when it was real cold.

Here they are hardening off the hard way in mid-April:

In not very many more weeks, I'm expecting the ones that will be left in the garden to look something like this:

Steve :o)

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I'm so jealous I can hardly stand it! Those look delicious!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 1:08PM
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Dan Staley

Yup, rrrrrub it in...



    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 1:09PM
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I think in many ways, they can be our easiest crop.

It really does help to start them indoors because they cannot handle weed competition. Actually, they can handle it - all too well. They just "fit right in" with whatever crowd shows up! Which means, they can't grow!

Given enuf opportunity, they can and will grow!

When they are tiny, they transplant real well. If it freezes, the onions are usually just fine.

Sweets especially make awfully nice green onions during the weeks they are of that size. By planting sets as my earliest crop and growing both sweets and bunching onions also, there's a loooong season of green onions from my garden. After they form bulbs, the sweets will last until Christmas in my basement.

Other than to keep the weedy crowd away from them, about the only "secret" of growing onions that I know is to treat them like lawn grass. If you want a lush lawn, give it lots of fertilizer and water. I feed them an organic lawn fertilizer - high nitrogen.

Onions! I wish all vegetables were so easy to grow.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 7:06PM
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david52 Zone 6

Steve, do you cut the tops back when you set them out?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 9:28PM
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I have David.

But, not usually . . . tho' the reason behind it seems sensible. As you can see from that picture of the onions in the snow, they were starting to get too tall before they went into the garden. However, they were out there in fairly short order after than snow.

As long as they can straighten themselves once transplanted, I don't think shearing the tops is necessary.


    Bookmark   June 25, 2011 at 11:12PM
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jnfr(z5b CO)

Beautiful! I love how easy onions and garlic are to grow here. I've got shallots in this year and they take so little effort, it's amazing.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 2:49PM
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