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Onion seed have arrived from the real seed company

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Cool. I really want to learn how to grow onions properly. We use onions almost every day of the year so it is one of those crops you need to grow if you are going to be self sufficient.

It is also important that you grow a heirloom  variety that  will produce seed that are true to type each year. Onion seed do not store well so you cannot just buy a few kilos of seed and store them away for when you need them. 

I have chosen two varieties to start with that will ‘Over winter’. The plan is to sow the seeds in mid to late August for harvest in the spring next year. I am going to also save some of the seed for sowing in the spring for harvest later in the year.

The first variety is ‘Sturon’ White Onion. This is not normally an over wintering onion but if we have a mild winter down here in Cornwall they might do really well and if so we should get some huge bulbs. According to the real seed company they are quite cold hardy and worth a punt at over wintering. I will also start some of these off in January with a bit of heat to aid germination and I may sow some direct into the beds in March.

The second variety is ‘Paris Early’ Overwintering White Onion. These are an over wintering variety so I am hoping we get a good crop from them. These onions do not store too well so I will not be sowing a lot of these to start off with unless I decide to sell them on as sets in the early spring.

The real seen company suggests you sow on or around the 18th of August and as the 18th is on a Sunday this year, that is what I am going to do.

Today is my birthday so later on this afternoon I am going into head into Falmouth, have a few pints of Sharpes Special at the Oddies and watch the Red Arrows perform over the harbour.

Author: tinyallotment

Dedicated to living a simple, independent, self reliant life where money is not the main factor. My dream is to engineer a life that requires very little from the outside world. I would like to provide my own shelter, collect my own water, grow, catch, hunt, forage my own food, create my own energy and deal with my own waste. This dream all starts in a tiny allotment in Cornwall where I will be experimenting in growing food, generating energy and dealing with waste.

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