Onions are an easy crop for minimum effort. Onions are easiest to grow from sets which are tiny onion bulbs which have been treated to produce good bulbs. The treatment also reduces the possibility of the onion producing a flower and bolting which would spoil the crop. When growing onions the best time to plant out is mid to late March or April, depending on the spring weather when the soil is a bit drier and warmer. You can buy onions suitable for planting out in the autumn and over wintering, if that suits your plot. As with all vegetables the soil needs have organic compost or manure incorporated into it. To grow onions, the ground doesn't need to be really finely raked as it does for carrots and salad crops, just reasonable, and not compacted.
I like growing onions, the taste of home grown is good and they keep well so you can pick and use all through the winter. I know however awful the summer, and it can be very poor, and other veg crops are struggling, I can always depend on onions to produce a good crop.
Provided you store onion sets somewhere dry and cool, you can also carry over spares to the next gardening season. Since onion sets are often sold in quite large quantities, 50+ it is helpful to know they will keep from year to year.
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