For this post, I am doing full summary on the process of growing onions since it is spread out over so many months, and a couple of posts. You plant onions in my area in early winter, just before the frost hits which was the first week of November last. You can plant onions from seeds but I just think that is too much work and I wait to plant from "starts" which are juvenile onions. They are pretty cheap (and ugly!) with a package of them costing about $5 for 50 starts.
|Starts - bundle of 50 red and 50 yellow|
|I planted them in rows and filled up 1 bed completely and the other halfway|
You have to plant them at least 4 inches apart to give them room to grow. My raised beds are 4 ft x 8 ft and I used 1 and 1/2 of them for 100 onions. Onions need water of course, but the nice thing about a winter garden is that you can use the rain to water them, if you are not in a drought. I had to water them in Dec and January because we got very little rain. Still, you use less water because it isn't as hot as when you plant in the summer. It makes them a very drought friendly thing to plant. In spring here is what they looked like..
|The little plants are looking great!|
|Stems falling over|
|see how the stem is collapsing? that is the sign they are almost ready|
|I helped them along by pushing over the stems|
|Onions curing on the dirt|
|The onion when you pull it from the dirt only has a small part of the outer skin toughened up. It needs to cure to get better storage time from them.|
|That's a lot of onions! 77 to be exact..|
|All cleaned up|
|You can see the papery skins starting|
So next fall, think about a winter garden and if you want something super-simple, plant garlic and onions!