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Grow your own onions
Member Name: elbar1
Advantages: Very easy to grow
Disadvantages: none that I can tell
We planted our own onions for the first time this year. We saw bulbs for sale and they were so cheap we could not resist. My husband had read that there was going to be a national onion shortage this year, which would drive the prices up and never ones to willing pay extra for something we thought we'd give it a go growing our own.
we planted them in the spring in shallow troughs. My dad has planted some too and he has used individual pots for them. They don't need much room at all. You put the bulb in and cover with soil and just keep watering. Eventually a shoot will appear and then you must be vigilant to ensure you water regularly and don't let them dry out too much. After all, plants are mainly made up from water so how can you create a big juicy onion if you don't give the bulb a drink regularly. However, this year has been pretty wet and we have been pretty lazy so they haven't been treated to a gentle daily shower, more like a bath once a week! They have turned out well though. We're just starting to harvest them and they are tasty and juicy.
If you plant a few each week, they will be ready at intervals and last you all over the summer months.
Summary: Really good idea for someone who hasn't grown their own veg before because they are so easy
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