Garlic & Onions

pcanFebruary 11, 2011

Hello everyone! I hope you all are as excited about spring coming as I am. It's now in the 40's and my brain is garden planning like you wouldn't believe.

This year will be the first year of my full garden! After two long years of cleaning up the land enough to get it to this point.

My garden area is separately fenced from the rest of the back yard, so the Chihuahua doesn't decide to snack. ;) It is 60 feet in length and 30 feet in depth. Along the back fence is the main irrigation ditch that we pull water from.

I am planning on doing rows of various annuals. Starting with, lettuce, broccoli, cucumbers, tomato's, peppers, beets, potato's. In addition I am putting in a couple dwarf fruit trees, some strawberries, raspberries and asparagus along the irrigation ditch.

My main question at this point is garlic and onions... I love them all and would like to set aside an area for them. I have heard they are annuals, but also that they are perennials??? It will make a big difference as to where I put them since I will be tilling annually. Also, with irrigation, should they be kept further away from the irrigation ditches I dig between rows? And, is it best to plant them together in the same area?

Specifically, red onions, green onions, chives and garlic.

Thanks for any tips you can give me on this!

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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

In Utah, onions and garlic are annuals, plant onions in the spring and garlic in the fall. They should not be planted to close to each other. Some garlic can be planted in the spring. I would say "do some research". I start my onion seeds in FEB. Garlic went in last OCT. After harvesting, let them cure with the top on for a week in a cool dry place before storing them for winter.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2011 at 10:31AM
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Linda's Garden z6 Utah

Chives are a perennial and come back year after year. I keep mine in a pot and they are already starting to grow. Can't wait for them to get big enough to cut!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2011 at 9:19AM
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