Plant onions during the new season
No matter how you use onions in the kitchen: chopped, diced, grilled or sautéed, they are the first to be put in a traditional dish or not. As onions are a short season annual crop, they can be grown under various conditions. Planting onions either in sandy loam soil or in peat, they require a proper approach to maximize yield and quality without wasting a lot of water.
There is no need to bury
A whole field of onions
Of course the onion varieties must match the climate of the region because planting onions in the north differs a lot from the same activity in the south.
Also, there are three methods to plant onions: by seeds , grafted or whole onions. Since the taste varies from mild to spicy, you must have in mind this fact when choosing.
A good organic harvest
Bundles by five
Varieties recommended for planting onions
If you live in an area where days are short, 10 to 12 hours of light a day, you must plant onions in the fall to harvest in the spring.
When the days last 12-14 hours or are very long, 14-16 hours, it is necessary to specify the variety of onions, good to cultivate in the spring.
On the color side, there are white, yellow and red onions. Those in color are susceptible to conservation while white onions are good to consume fresh and young.
Onions of different varieties
On the rustic side, there are all varieties. It is imperative to consult an experienced horticulturist before choosing the most suitable varieties for the climate of the region.
Methods for planting onions
Starting from seeds, you must sow them outside one month before the last frost and so on every three weeks to renew the harvest. In this way, you will have onions in continuity until autumn. If you live in the south, the opposite is true: the season starts in autumn.
In any case, the seeds must be fresh for a maximum of one year because they quickly lose their viability when they are stored.
How to sow seeds
In the buds there are seeds
To sow seeds
Plant onions by grafting
In case you want to take a little advance, that is to say, avoid planting seeds while waiting for them to grow, take advantage of lots of onion grafts. They are available at mail order retailers in winter and early spring.
If you want to produce onions grafts yourself, a greenhouse or indoor lighting installation will be the right solution. Only you need to correctly calculate the period between seed seeds inside and planting emergent seedlings outside. Notably, eight to ten weeks before the last frost for planting outdoors about six weeks later. Ensure rows are spaced at least 1.5 cm apart to facilitate separation at the time of transplantation.
Leave 5 cm away
At a distance of 10 cm
Near the surface
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When the trench is ready to a depth of 2 or 3 cm, cut half of the green part and plant at a final spacing of 5 cm. As a result, you will have fresh onions for the salad.
Plant onions with small bulbs
Certainly, this way of planting onions gives big copies for storage and use throughout the winter. The main thing to remember is that each bulb should be spaced 10 cm apart, at a depth of 3 cm, with the top facing up. Cover with soil and wait for the season to harvest. If the period turns dry, water it. Otherwise, the onions will have a small growth. When the green part reaches the maximum growth, it is necessary to make it sleep so that the underground part takes again volume.
The top up
Whole onions to grow green leaves
Ten centimeters of spacing
Old onions give ramifications
Instead of fighting pests with chemicals, you can ensure organic growth to your onions by planting neighbors like cabbage and its varieties: brokoli, Brussels sprouts, kale.
A row of cabbage among the onions