Planting Onion Sets: Great tip

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Planting Onion Sets

By Gymgirl
January 5, 2013

Use the tip of a tube of caulk for making holes when planting onion starts. It's the perfect diameter and depth -- just "dot, dot, dot."

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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Jan 4, 2013 7:22 PM CST
Great tip Gymgirl. I will give this a try this spring.
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eclayne
Jan 5, 2013 8:47 AM CST

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Joannabanana
Jan 5, 2013 8:48 AM CST
That's a wonderful tip Gymgirl. I haven't had the greatest success with onion sets. The past few years, May & June have been quite cold and wet (sopping wet). I don't think onion do well in those conditions. Last year, was a bit better, but the onion were a lot smaller than I would have liked. The bunching onion did well though
Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Jan 5, 2013 1:41 PM CST
I have heard of caulking the planks of wooden ships, welds of steel ships, tiles, aquariums. What is the meaning of caulk with reference to this tip?
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valleylynn
Jan 5, 2013 1:59 PM CST
Here you go Arif. You can use it like you would a dibble. http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12986...

Dibble: http://www.etsy.com/listing/99979916/antique-english-garden-...
Name: Arif Masud
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KAMasud
Jan 5, 2013 2:18 PM CST
OoH, alright the tube of a silicon gun. You see from the other end the silicon caulk comes out.
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canadanna
Jan 5, 2013 5:48 PM CST
At first I read chalk, so glad for the detail! I am trying onions this year, so any tips are helpful.Thanks!
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MaryE
Jul 15, 2013 11:04 PM CST
I just make a shallow furrow with my hoe, about an inch or two deep, put the onion sets into it about 6 inches apart with the root end down, and sort of firmly, then fill in the soil, pat it down with the back of the hoe and water it if the soil is dry. I have clay soil, it makes some hard lumps, so making a trench is easier for me than making little holes.
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ilovejesus99
Apr 9, 2014 3:42 PM CST
KAMasud http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sacat=0&_nkw=garden+dibble&_... use the tip end of caulk to make the holes :)
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MaryE
Apr 10, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Planting them early is important for onions. As soon as the ground can be worked, put them in so they have time to make lots of leaves. It's my understanding that more leaf = larger onions. Each layer in the onion is attached to one of those leaves. They grow tops until the days start to get shorter, then the bulb increases in size. Mine are already coming up. I use the term leaves for the green tops as that is where the photosynthesis takes place. Is there another name?
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