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.
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!
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.