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Lark
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March 9, 2015 - 9:30 pm

Today I gave my onions their FIRST haircut.  I am hoping this helps the bulb get bigger.002.JPGImage Enlarger

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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January 16, 2016 - 8:33 am

Ailsa Craig and Redwing are seeded.  I planted the seed in recycled lettuce boxes.  They make great mini green houses.  I filled the container 3/4 full of PREMOISTENED Happy Frog potting mix and my worm castings. On top of this I put PREMOISTENED vermiculite.  Then I put my seeds down.  I tried to get them about a 1/2" apart.  I took the time to do this because I didn't want to waste seed with the 'thinning' process.  Then I sprinkled about a 1/4" more of PREMOISTENED vermiculite over the seeds.  Tapped this down gently and MISTED water over the entire area.

This method worked great for me last year. Vermiculite on the top 1" enables the seed to push through easily.  Vermiculite does not have any nutrients in it.  The seed has its own nutrients when germinating.  After a seed gets its 'seed leaves' it does need nutrients. Not a lot of nutrients but some.  By that time my seedlings are sending down their roots, they will be going into the 'Happy Frog' potting mix.  I don't have to fertilize or transplant.  They have every thing they need until they get a few sets of leaves.  Then I will give them 'worm tea' and some nitrogen (like my DILUTED pee).  Don't be laughing now.  As long as one does not take any drugs, URINE is a good nitrogen fertilizer. 

After getting the seed planted, I put them in a CLEAR TOTE which I have a heat mat which I placed in the bottom.  The tote then went into my south windows.  Wish me luck with the germination.  Always 'ify' when you don't over seed.   

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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March 10, 2016 - 7:20 pm

Yesterday, I gave my Ailsa Craig and Redwing their first trimming.  I saved the trimming to use in my salads. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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April 25, 2016 - 5:27 pm

I seeded Ailsa Craig and Red Wing on 1-15-16.  Today I transplanted them outdoors into my raised beds and a few in a pot down in the bog garden.  I trimmed them twice during their time in the house.  I did not trim them when I transplanted them today. 

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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August 24, 2017 - 6:20 am

Another year of starting my onions from seed.  Again, Ailsa Craig and Red Wing.  I also tried a new variety caller Patterson.  I is suppose to be a good storing onion.  I planted them in April and gave them a PRIME spot in the raised bed. I thought I planted them deep enough BUT all of them grew barely in the ground.  Consequently, after the tops got tall they fell over.  They never grew big.  I harvested them the other day.  I may be got 8 lbs.  FrownNext Spring I am going to buy plants and go in with a friend of mine, buying a large quantity is cheaper.  Her onions were beautiful.  I will also watch how deep she plants hers. 

Trial & Error, you win some and lose some.  That is gardening.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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CarolJean
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September 8, 2017 - 11:32 am

I have had my most successful year with growing onions.  They are not huge but I have many medium size onions.  Other years they were much smaller.  I planted the bag of yellow onion sets from the big box store but I made a real effort to get them in ground sooner.  Had not realized how important it is to plant them early.  Because the bag has 100, I stuck them in nooks and crannies all over my garden so some got shaded out eventually.  I used those as green onions early.

I also found a 4 pack jammed with red onion seedlings on clearance later in June.  (I have trouble passing up sales.)  Planted that late they are not a success but I will have a few to save for winter storage.  I like to use them in salads.

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