Good enough to eat

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

Spring onions Onions are among the eas­i­est veg to grow and spring onions are an ideal catch crop be­cause they are fast-grow­ing and will have been har­vested by the time you need to plant later, more ten­der, crops such as run­ner beans and toma­toes.

You can grow a worth­while crop in the small­est space, even a con­tainer, but if you want a con­tin­u­ous crop through sum­mer, you’ll need to sow ev­ery fort­night in spring, as they are ready to har­vest in 10-12 weeks.

Sow them out­side from mid-March ei­ther in pots of mul­ti­pur­pose com­post or in patches in the bor­der.

In the gar­den, sow seeds in rows 10cm apart, cov­er­ing with around 1.5cm of com­post and thin the seedlings to 2.5cm apart.

Wa­ter weekly in dry weather to keep them grow­ing rapidly and har­vest them when the stems are 1cm thick. Good va­ri­eties in­clude ‘White Lis­bon’ and ‘Guards­man’.

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