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onions

Postby Rhubarbstick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:04 pm

Hi all,
I have some onion setts left over, is it too late to plant them ?
I'm hoping not
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Re: onions

Postby Elmigo » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:00 pm

It's a little late but I did it last month anyway. Maybe it will become something, maybe not. I think it depends on the variety. Spring onions are still very well possible! Or well, in our climate. What variety of onions do you want to plant?
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Re: onions

Postby Rhubarbstick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:19 pm

Thanks for yor reply Elmigo, they are Stuttgarter.
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Re: onions

Postby Westi » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:18 pm

Definitely! Too late for a decent sized onion but if you have the space maybe try as an experiment. Set's you generally overwinter as they have been heat treated, to stand over the worst weather & from seed sown indoors around January time, but the harvest is later, so a long grow period for both. I'm surprised your sets haven't tried to shoot, rotted & dried out! I always have some left over in the bag I buy & they were binned weeks ago as dried out & shoots all stuck in the netting.
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Re: onions

Postby Rhubarbstick » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:56 pm

Thanks Westi. I've now chucked 'em. I'm very much a raw beginner to veg growing.
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Re: onions

Postby Westi » Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:40 pm

Well Rhubarbstick, we all had to start somewhere! I asked the most inane questions on here when I started growing - some total disasters & some fortunate gains to begin with & learnt all the time from these disasters & from the lovely people on here being patient & teaching me the right things.

Just post away anything that you'd like to know or that puzzles you & never be afraid, the knowledge these guys have is immense & tweekable to your budget! For a start they will never tell you to plant a slice of tomato like on uTube & have 50 plants of the same variety, they know it could work but wouldn't suggest it as they are growing themselves (for decades in some instances), & in all sorts of places & a lot up North where you are so understand your weather. At the end of the day nature rules, you win & you loose! I'm having a loose year so my current motto is 'Sow, sow & sow again'! I'm only just getting peas & broad beans but wouldn't have any if caved to nature - I think I'm trying to say is persevere through the good & bad - it is never a total disaster so harvest what you have & don't morn over what you haven't!
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Re: onions

Postby Rhubarbstick » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:52 pm

Thanks for the encouragement Westi. My biggest problem at the moment is wind (not mine!). The potato tops to my mind are huge and getting bashed about somewhat. I just hope that there is something growing down below in the buckets.
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Re: onions

Postby Westi » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:11 pm

Spuds are hardier than they look & they expend as much energy under as above & will shrug off a few wind burnt leaves to focus on the tubers. Good luck & remember this lesson they have taught you so you consider the planting next year & what you can do to slow the wind down.
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