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In my garden, growing onions is not proportional to how many onions I eat. If it were, my garden would be 90% onions! My mom used to say, “Bad cooks don’t use onions. Good cooks use onions. Great cooks start with onions, and then add everything else.” (Well, okay… not brownies.) Tito and I probably go through 400 pounds of onions a year.
Growing onions successfully is pretty easy, but does require a bit of specific knowledge, especially relating to choosing a variety that matches your latitude. To keep this from becoming a book, I've broken everything about growing onions down into the following pages to help you go straight to what you're looking for:
Onions need soil that is loose and evenly moist so that they can easily push it aside when they start to form bulbs. You can grow onions from seed (my fave, gives me something to do in late winter when I start all my seedlings in the basement under lights), or onion "sets", which are clumps that look like scallions in arrested development. Supposedly onion sets give you faster harvest, but I think that's only if you haven't started seeds early indoors. Read more by clicking through the sections below:
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