JoAnn's blog: Onion Seeds Planted Today

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 6:56 PM

Finally got all my onion seeds into the ground today. In previous years, I've purchased transplants from Dixondale and they have been great. The only problem is they're kind of expensive if you're only buying a few. I tried growing some from seed last year & it was pretty good, so this year I'm going all out with the seeds. Here's what I've planted

Texas Grano 1015Y Supersweet Onions. A yellow, sweet onion. I had pretty good luck with this one last year so I'll give it another try.

Red Creole Onions. A red, sweet onion. I use a lot of red onion in a certain pepper jelly I make for sale at a farmers market. And red onions are much more expensive than the yellow ones. So I just grow my own. Plus they make fantastic onion rings and are great on sandwiches.

Ishikura Onion. A bunching, green onion. This is my go to variety for green onion, scallions, bunching onion, whatever you want to call them. A nice size, very white stalk with tender green leaves. I use a lot of green onion in my cooking so this comes in handy. I found out last year that if you leave about on inch of stalk attached to the root, you can replant it & get another plant. I did that & kept green onions until the weather turned brutally hot.

Crimson Forest Bunching Onions. This is a new one for me, a red bunching onion. Supposed to be dark red to purple. We'll see how it comes out and how it tastes. Just to add a little color to my dishes. I think I'd love to see red onion in some scrambled eggs!!

So that was all of my work for the day. At least in the garden. The bulb onions will probably be ready to transplant to their final bed sometime in December or January. I'll follow Dixondale's advice for spacing & fertilizing. I've had really good luck the past 2 years doing it that way. Last year, I planted in January and harvested in May.

The bunching onions will stay in the bed where I seeded them. I'll cook with any that I have to pull for thinning. All of the beds have a mixture of some really nice homemade compost & aged chicken manure. All seeds were scattered over a damp bed & then covered with about 1/4" of compost/manure mixture. Should see some sprouts in the next 10 days to 2 weeks.

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