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It is a long while since I grew onions. That was a wet year, if I remember correctly and they suffered white onion rot (that's what I thought it was).
I'm going to give them another go.
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I follow my spuds with onions and leeks having mucked heavily for the spuds. I sow saved seed (Bedfordshire Champion) individually in trays in the greenhouse in late February, I made a peg board affair to press into the compost to help evenly sow the seed. I transplant them into the allotment when they have out grown the tray around late March early April after hardening them off, at about a small hand span apart, washing the roots out in a bucket of water helps separate them and water in dry spells until they are established. I‘ve also sown directly into the soil in late February but I used a lot more seed and you have to look after them for an extra month or two. Since I’ve been saving my own seed I’ve had excellent results, with bought seed I had poor germination and trouble with them going to seed, with sets they’d also go to seed but would also get white rot and in storage, neck rot. I get one or two small ones but they are generally tennis ball size which going by the photographs in seed catalogues is large for that variety.
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A warm welcome to the forum, Sludge and a good imformative post.......
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Thank you, but after re reading my post it seems a bit presumptuous for my third post.
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There's no need to worry Sludge, if the information is good, no one judges you on how long you have been on here. :D
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This is great seeing new people reading through old posts & commenting & questioning! We learn from you as well as you embrace the new while we plod along. Mind never, ever going to plant a slice of tomato again, prefer a mix of varieties than just loads of one supermarket one that is a great big thug.

On the subject of onions it is pretty much the same for me, sets weren't great so spent a few years growing from seed but the slimy things decimated them in a blink so hedged my bets & grow both ways. Neither successful unfortunately - I get the odd 'biggin' but making no progress either way! The Red's are particularly tricky & like to bolt by whatever means started.
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