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BUNCH ONIONS
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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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March 28, 2015 - 2:08 pm

This year I decided to grow BUNCH ONIONS for eating plain instead of using my young Alisa & Redwing onions in their young stage. I started the seed two days ago.  I only started 1 cell pack of four. I seeded quite heavy.  I hope to plant the young bunch onions into the garden in 6-8 weeks.  In a month (if I remember) I will start more bunch onions seeds when I am starting more lettuce & greens seeds. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 4, 2015 - 6:34 am

I harvested my first bunch onions on June 30. 

May 2, I seeded more bunch onions in one 4" pot.  June 3, I did another seeding. That is plenty for succession planting. This should give me enough until a FREEZE. 

I planted the young seedlings in the large containers in the bog garden.  This seems to give me better results because I remember to water them.  I found that onions DO NOT like to be dry.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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January 10, 2016 - 7:22 pm

I harvested the last of my bunch onions last week.  This was a great success for me this year.  I planted seeds 3 times about 3 weeks apart.  This succession planting worked great.  Not too many all at once.  Enough for Dave and I to eat fresh and enough to share. I have never harvested onions in January.  Absolutely no protection over them.  We had temps in the teens several times. The freeze affected the green tops a little. After peeling them back the inners were fine.

I will be planting some seeds this next week.  I plan on planting them in the ground under a hoop house some time in March.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  :0)

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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January 25, 2016 - 2:28 pm

Today I seeded about 30 bunch onion seeds.  I have learned not to plant too many at one time.  Better to plant 30 more in a couple of weeks.  Seemed to work out good for me last year with this succession planting.  No waste.

In planting these seeds I used a recycled cherry tomato box.  Makes a great mini green house.  Filled it 3/4 full of premoistened Happy Frog mix and the 1/4" of premoistened  seed starting mix.  Spread my seed and topped the seed off with vermiculite.  Pressed it them in SLIGHTLY and watered. Closed the top of the cherry tomato container.  Set in my south facing windows.  I will keep these moist until after germination. 

We will see how they germinate without the heat mat.  Maybe in a couple of days, I will take the big onion seed plants out of the CLEAR TOTE MINI GREENHOUSE to make room for this little bunch onion container.  The large onion seeds have almost all germinated and it is time to take them off of the HEAT MAT.  I have learned after germination, TAKE THE GERMINATED SEEDS OFF OF THE HEAT MAT. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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