Planting Onions

Planting OnionsPlanting onions happens in early spring.  If you are looking to start gardening, this is a project you can get started on right now.  Planting onions is easy and they are satisfying to grow.  Since I have started growing onions I haven’t experienced any pests or diseases.  My onions have always grown without any problems.  I usually plant my onions around March 15th.  This year I waited until the end of March because the spring has been a little colder the last two years.  There is still plenty of time to start.  Onions like to grow in cool weather so they can be planted anytime in the month of April.

Planting Onions in the Garden

First I dig out a row.  It could be any length that you want.   My onion row is about 10 feet long.  I added some rabbit manure to the soil.  My onions are rather small so I thought that some rabbit manure might help them along.  I put each baby onion into the ground going down the row.  I don’t cover them until they are all in the ground.  This way I can see where they all are in case I need to fill in any empty spots.  Then I cover them and water them.

It is best to grow from onion sets.  These are baby onions that are immature.  They then grow into large onions.  I haven’t had much luck to grow onions from seed.  I guess some people might call this cheating but it is a very established way for planting onions.  I have tried seeds a few times and I will try it again but this year I am using onion sets.

As the onions grow I clip some of the leaves to use as scallions.  They are fresh and tasty in spring salads.  This could be one reason why my onions are small.  So this year I will leave some that I don’t touch to see if it makes a difference.

When the leaves start to bend over and turn yellow, it is time to harvest the onions.  I dig them up and let them lay in the sun on my porch for a day or so.  Make sure that it doesn’t rain on them.  When the stems have dried you can cut off the excess. Store them in a dry place.

I get my onion sets at WalMart– 80 bulbls for $1.86.  They have a selection of white, red and yellow onions.  Or you can order from Amazon:

Another great cool weather crop to start now is Sugar Snap Peas.  Here are some tips on planting Sugar Snap Peas.