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Growing onions (Stockton reds)

Posted by dons916 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 1, 08 at 11:58

I have planted onions several times,But they didn't turn out the way I wanted.Very small about 2" across and Stockton Reds are a large onion about" 4".Flavor was good though.
This year I loaded the space I going to use with Horse manure a good 6" and turned it under with a garden fork. It has been setting that way for about a month now.
My question is.
Am I using up the Nitrogen breaking down the manure? I bought some Blood meal to add when I till it just before planting.

I have 100 sets coming mid Nov.The way I have been planting them is NOT in rows,But instead I build a border around the space so when it needs water I flood it.
I have been planting them about 1'deep.
I could sure use some advice on how to change this to grow bigger onions.
Don in Wilton (close to Sac)

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RE: Growing onions (Stockton reds)

  • Posted by dicot Los Angeles (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 5, 08 at 15:38

I think you are on the right track with the manure. You can't underestimate soil structure's importance for underground crops. If it were me, I'd want to dump the manure on top, water it occasionally for a few weeks, then till it under (maybe with some sand, leaf mold, blood or fish meal, and any home compost).

If problems continue, I'd do a soil test.

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