These are the onion sets we started off 2 weeks ago in the Polytunnel of Ionad Niamh Padraig. They've come along great and are now ready for planting outside...a nice job for next week.
I found a few bags of onions in the boot of the car...It's not that its messy or anything, I have so many compartments that its easy to overlook a few packs of this..a pair of shoes...its hard to keep a track!
Anyways instead of horsing them out or planting them in cold soil in the garden I've chosen to start them off in trays in the polytunnel, these should start to produce some roots after a few weeks and a few weeks after that will be ready for planting in the garden...a much quicker way of playing catch up than planting in the garden and praying for good weather,
Today we planted a raised bed full of onions, Sturon was the variety, we planted them in the raised bed so that they would be ready before the ones in the allotment, and so that we can harvest them easily as spring onions (well every second one anyways)> we planted half the bed as red and half as white onions. Firstly we identified the prennials weeds in the beds, removed the roots of these, worked in some compost and some chicken manure and then got planting. Easily 400 onions planted in a matter of half hour. Ready for autumn harvesting as onions and maybe early june as scallions.
we made a start on planting some outdoor onion sets today. Wee onion sets are planted 6 inches apart and then thinned later on (these thinning are used as scallions). We planted a few rows of red and a few rows of white.
We used Chicken pellets as a base fertiliser and a wee bit of multi compost to cerate a crumb on the soil making it easier to get the onions planted.
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