How to Grow Onions

Onions can be grown from seed or sets (small bulbs). Sets are more costly, and there is a smaller range of cultivars available, but they are quick, reliable and a good choice for beginners.

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Drying OnionsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Start: Early spring
At Their Best: Midsummer
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Materials Needed:

  • onion sets
  • spade
  • rake
  • string line

Plant Sets

Locate a planting site with excellent drainage. Stretch a line of string between two pegs to make a straight row. Use a rake to form a shallow furrow, and plant the sets 6 inches apart, with the tips protruding. Weed regularly, and water during dry spells.

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Lift and Dry

Onions are ready for harvesting in midsummer, when the leaves turn yellow and fold over. Lift them and place in a cool, airy place to dry out for a couple of weeks. Use any with thick necks right away, and store the others for later.

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Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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