Planting Spring Onions

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This was the first year that I’ve planted spring onions. Actually, up until a few minutes ago I totally thought I’d just planted a whole bunch of regular yellow and red onions. But a quick call to my mother-in-law just clarified that these are in fact spring onions (also known as scallions), something totally different! Oops. I don’t really need an entire raised bed full of spring onions.

Oh well.

So, here’s how you plant onions… They need lost of organic matter, and loose soil. Lots of compost and aged manure is good. They also like acidic soil. I sprinkled some wood ashes into my box. My raised bed layers went like this: wet cardboard, composted manure, straw, composted manure, straw, composted manure, top soil, sprinkled wood ash.

Planting onions is easy, you simply push the little guys into the soil an inch or so, leaving the top sticking above the soil line. Don’t cover them with dirt, just let them sit there like that. I read to space them 3-6 inches apart; I did 3″. Once they are all set, water them well. They like moist conditions, but not soggy.

If I’d known better, I would have planted them in succession, a couple of rows each week for several weeks, so that they won’t all be coming in at once. That’s okay though, I’ll just freeze the over abundance.

Anyways, hope it works out! Any suggestions out there?? I’d love to know how you plant your onions!

11 thoughts on “Planting Spring Onions”

  1. Often when freezing extra onions you’ll run into a problem. I have never found a freezer bag or container that can actually contain the onion smell. Even double or triple bagging. The taste of onion will get into everything. If you have a sure fire way to freeze without the scent and flavor escaping I would like to know how. The easiest way to store them is to hang dried onions in lengths of panty hose separated with knots. The air circulates and the onions don’t touch causing mildew or early rot.

    • Angie, what I’m talking about freezing are green onions, not large bulb onions. I wrote a post on how I do this, if you are interested 🙂 No onion smell problems with this… but I’m sure it would be a whole different matter with large onions!! Thanks for sharing the panty hose trick though. I’ve heard of others doing this, but haven’t ever tried it myself. Hopefully I’ll get my hands on a bunch of onions sometime soon, and I can give this method a try!

  2. The ones you planted we call green onions, but alot of people call them spring onions, we love onions so we eat them up, my dh’s gram (86) never liked green onions to eat raw so she only uses them to cook with, she slices them up and freezes them and uses them in her cooking. We never have enough left to slice and freeze though we really love them!! We eat them raw along side of our meals.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do with them!!
    Can’t wait to see pics of all your new gardening/flower beds!!


  3. I’m not sure how onions work elsewhere, but I do know some are *just* bunching/green onions and others bulb up (like here we have long-day onions that only bulb up after so many daylight hours, mmm… Walla Walla onions). I’ve collected seed from both in my yard, it’s fun. 😀

  4. Onions keep pretty well if you hang them in a dark cool place. Valerie had them most of the winter till we ran out. No use wasting valuable freezer space!

  5. Yea – just leave them all summer and you’ll have nice onions to harvest in the fall! If you want scallions, pull them early.

  6. Spring onions are onions – it just depends on when you harvest them. Harvest them early for spring onions – leave them until the top wilts for regular onions. You can have the best of BOTH worlds from your raised bed this year!


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