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How To Grow Onions

| 8/12/2015 3:23:00 PM

Candi JohnsIt is summer. It is hot. Why, oh why, would anyone be planting a crop that grows during "cool" weather? Because, Grasshopper, fall will be here soon and we need to get the fall crops in the ground now. There are lettuce seeds, spinach seeds, beets, peas, cabbage, kale and onions that must be planted. Yea! Gardening!

I grow onions every year. Usually twice a year. Spring and fall.

Onions are a "cool season crop." This means they will grow and thrive when the weather is cool. Some other plants that like cool weather include: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, sugar snap peas, cauliflower, beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes, asparagus, kale and many herbs. All of these will enjoy cool days and frosty nights.

How to Plant Onions

Growing onions is a joy. There are some crops that are just fun and easy. There aren't any real bugs, diseases or funk associated with them. Onions are one of those lovely garden additions. They are predictable and faithful. I know what I plant will come back out of the ground healthy and easily. No blight. No squash bugs. No cabbage worms. No fungus. Yea! Onions!

Here are the pros and cons:

10/2/2015 12:35:37 PM

I agree with you! My onions loved all the rain..... until it was time to harvest them. I had to "dig" them out of the mud this year instead of "pulling" them up. :)

8/13/2015 8:00:45 AM

Candi, yea, I like growing onions. I've tried to grow from seed but haven't really had much luck. My best onions are always from the sets. This year really looks good. I was a bit worried about the extreme rain we had in April, May, and half of June but it seems that didn't bother them and only helped to make them bigger. Perhaps I haven't been giving my onions enough water in past years. Are they a thirsty plant? ***** Have a great onion harvesting day.

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