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Planting Onion sets

Saturday, March 11, 2017 5:59
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Having got my cloches washed and ready to go, I am eager to get the raised beds filled once more. With the protection the cloches will provide I felt that it would be justifiable to plant something at last. The onions I have been growing in the big coldframe looked ready to go, so they were the first candidates for planting.

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“Sturon” (L) and “Red Baron” (R)

As you know, this is my first time growing onions, so I was not really sure that they were ready, but an enquiry posted on Twitter and Facebook has produced some reassurances that they look “Good to go”. When I tipped them out of the pots there was a decent amount of root – enough to hold the soil together while I planted the onions.

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“Red Baron”

A couple of the “Red Baron” onions had been reluctant to sprout, so I brought them indoors for a few days, which did the trick, and they have now sprung into life. Being about 2 weeks behind the others, they are smaller than their siblings of course, so I have kept them as spares to replace any casualties.

So here you go, I now have two rows of onions. I planted not only the ones from the little pots seen above, but also more that went straight into the soil “from scratch”. I now have 40 onions – plus of course the ones I have grown from seed, though those are still too small to plant out. Presumably they will mature at different times.

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Once the planting was complete, the rows were covered with two of the Longrow cloches.

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The other side of the bed will in due course be populated with the grown-from-seed onions and a row of Leeks.

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Source: http://marksvegplot.blogspot.com/2017/03/planting-onion-sets.html

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