Onions are the basis for many cooked and uncooked meals. Red onions are sweeter than white onions and sought after because of this.
Sow seed in a pot or tray of compost. The seeds are small, but try and space them about 1cm apart. Lightly cover with a thin layer of compost then mist to moisten.
When the seedlings are a few inches tall, transplant into fresh compost in beds. Once established, transplant seedlings into the garden, 10-15cm apart.
Using a watering can with a rose, thoroughly water seedlings and sets directly after planting to settle soil around roots or bulbs. Repeat at regular intervals if the weather is dry.
Hoe regularly to remove weeds, which will compete for water and nutrients with developing bulbs. A hand-held ‘onion hoe’ or ‘circle hoe’ are both perfect for weeding in small spaces.
In late summer, draw away earth from the bulbs to expose them to the sun. Harvest after the leaves turn yellow and the stem bends over. Allow leaves to dry before carefully lifting bulbs.
Minimum 50 seeds per packet.
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