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Spring in the Vegetable Garden

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Mar 06, 2017
how to plant onions sets

March is traditionally the time gardeners start to work the soil again and get down to some serious gardening. I have big plans for my vegetable garden as soon as the soil has dried out and is workable again. It is so important not to start working the soil before it has got a chance to dry out as you can damage the soil structure by mistreating it and this will affect the quality of the plants that will grow in your soil. 

While we are still a good few months off from sowing most vegetables crops over the next couple of weeks we are going to take a look at how you can get ready for the season ahead and some of the vegetables that you can start to get planting. One of the first you should start thinking about is planting onions as they need to get in the ground as soon as possible so that they can mature and be ready to harvest in the autumn. 

When it comes to growing onions, planting sets is the only way to grow them in my eyes for the sheer ease of using them compared to growing from seed. Growing onions from seed requires a lot of time and patience that many gardeners simply don’t have the time for. With sets you speed up the process and are almost always guaranteed a good quality crop in the end. 

At the moment in CountryLife we have many different onions sets varieties that gardeners can choose from. In particular Red Karmin (great red onion) and Radar (really reliable white onion) have been proving extremely popular with customers that have come in to the store over the past few weeks. Shallots are growing in popularity each year as well particularly with any gardeners who are interested in cooking as well. 

Over the last few years I have noticed that a lot of customers are leaning towards buying a mixed packet of onion sets that contains a mixture of ordinary, white and red onions in it. This mixed packet would be a great solution for a gardener working with limited space and wants to grow a few different types of onions but not sacrifice the space. 

Apart from feeding,watering and keeping weeds under control, onions will happily sit in the vegetable garden until August when you then have to start thinking about drying them and getting them ready for harvesting. We will take a closer look at this process later in the year.

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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