When I was purchasing pansies last week I grabbed a bunch of onion sets at the checkout. I’m not sure what I was thinking because it wasn’t but a couple of weeks ago when I decided to be finished with this garden so I could focus on the new property. When you have the gardening bug details can be overlooked.
Onions are a cool crop and for the most part pretty easy to grow if you have groomed fertilized soil and lots of sunlight. When to plant can be tricky and for the most part you want to wait until the early spring.
When to Plant Onions
The ideal time frame to plant onion sets would be when the ground is soft and can be worked which is normally March or April and make sure temperatures won’t be dropping below 20 degrees.
After tracking our weather I decided to go ahead and plant this small amount of onion sets now because I’m pretty sure our extremely cold weather has passed and they can handle light freezes and frost.
- Soil should be soft or freshly tilled, moist with good drainage.
- Plant in direct sunlight – onions love the sun.
- Plant small sets 1 inch deep making sure they’re about 4 inches apart.
- I used my small garden spade which I love because it moves the soil without any difficulties.
- Add one single set to each hole and cover it up until all the onions are in the ground.
- I skipped watering because rain is in the forecast and the soil was already moist.
Planting in Minutes and Harvesting Advice
This planting task was quick and easy; I was done in a matter of minutes looking around thinking what else could I do? So I buried some direct compost and went on my way.
Onions mature around 110 days so these should be ready to harvest in May and if you wait to plant in March your gathering dates could be extended towards the end of May or the first part of June. Onions would also be a great addition to the Startle Garden.
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