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The Complete Gardener's Guide,

Materials Needed

  • onion sets
  • garden containers (optional)
  • watering can or garden hose
  • plastic cover

Step 1: Plant the Onion Sets

Plant onion sets pointed-end up, pushing them lightly into the base of shallow drills. They can also be planted in containers for a small crop.

Step 2: Provide Light Maintenance

Onions need little routine care during the growing season. Keep them well weeded, but water only when established. Check them for signs of disease.

Step 3: Dry the Bulbs

Wait until the crop is ready to store, then leave the bulbs on the soil surface to dry. Cover large crops if rain is predicted; small crops can be brought under cover.

Step 4: Check stored onions for signs of disease or decay.

Don’t compost discarded bulbs since some diseases spread easily and are tricky to control.

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