Growing Onions In Your Garden
Onions varieties offer different sizes, shapes and colors. To grow them properly, you not only need to plant them at the right time of year but also to plant the best variety for your area. Growing onions in your garden is a satisfying project. Onions grown from garden seeds take longer than other methods. If you’re in an area with a shorter season, you’ll need to start the onion planting season by sowing seeds indoors and transplanting to the garden. Sow the seeds in a location with full sun and good drainage eight to 12 weeks before the last frost for your area. Cover the seeds with 1/2 inch of soil. Water as needed until it is time to transplant. If you wish to grow onion sets from seeds, start these in your garden in mid to late July and dig up after the first hard frost. Allow them to air dry before you store the onion sets in a cool, dry place for the winter. When you buy onion sets, they should be about the size of a marble and firm when squeezed gently. The onion planting season for set starts when the temperatures get to be around 50 F. (10 C.). Choose a location that get at least six to seven hours of sun per day.
If you wish to be growing big onions, then your best bet is to grow onions from transplants. Harden the seedlings off before moving the seedlings out into the garden, then transplant the onions to their beds. The location should be in full sun and well drained. Push the seedlings just far enough in the soil to get them to stand up. Plant them 4 inches apart. Watering well is necessary to growing big onions.