Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Onions

Onions from seed need a long grow­ing sea­son and you could sow them now in a heated prop­a­ga­tor, for plant­ing out in March.

This is how ex­hi­bi­tion grow­ers man­age to get large bulbs for shows.

How­ever, it’s much eas­ier to grow them from lit­tle bulbs called ‘sets’, which can be bought from gar­den cen­tres or via mail or­der for plant­ing in March and April.

The soil should be dug over thor­oughly and weeds and large stones should be re­moved. Then each set should be eased into the soil (in straight rows) so the tips are left pro­trud­ing, spaced around 10cm (4in) apart for large onions, and slightly closer for smaller ones.

Cover the new­ly­planted sets with net­ting to pro­tect them from birds.

If you are grow­ing car­rots as well, in­ter­plant them with onions, as the oniony smell may de­ter car­rot fly.

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