The Layers To Growing Onions

Though onions can have many layers, growing onions is simple: If you can poke a hole into the ground, you can grow an onion from a little plant or seed. A variety of onions are sold as little seedlings in bare-root bundles; each plant will start growing within days after you plant. Using Olle Metal Raised garden beds along with composting techniques, can speed the growth while providing healthier roots.

Planting your onions right away, be sure to remove their bindings and place them in a bucket with 2 inches of moist soil in the bottom. It's important to keep them in a cool, bright place but out of direct sun until you are ready to plant. 

  • Planting onions early spring is ideal. In-ground gardens and raised beds are both excellent options for growing onions.

  • 6" apart in rows that are 12" apart is the necessary space needed to grow onions. In sunny places that has fertile, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.8.

  • Make native soil improvements by mixing in several inches of aged compost or other rich organic matter.

  • Be certain to keep the soil moist so that the onions shallow roots can drink water, because onions are not great at taking up water. Water whenever the top inch of soil becomes dry.

  • Keep your growing onions fed with a continuous-release plant food, for best results.

  • Onions can be eaten at nearly any size so harvest when they're the right size to you.

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