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  • P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

P. Allen Smith's Garden Home | Planting Yellow Onions | PBS

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Program: P. Allen Smith's Garden Home

Different people plant onions in different ways, but I'm going to show you how I plant onions. In the spring, when the leaves start to come out on the trees and it's still pretty cool, I like to create a long bed like this that's about 30 inches wide, and I throw the ground up about 4-5 inches, and it's good and loose. You can see what I've done here with this really good soil. And I'll use an all-purpose organic fertilizer in here.

About a 4-4-4. And then I take onion sets. They come in bundles like this. They look dry, and doesn't look like they've got much promise, but as soon as they make soil contact, you're going to have something really coming on that's going to taste good later on. These little basil plates here where the roots are where they make contact.

What I like to do is just push them in the ground just about 3/4 of an inch, and I space them about 4 inches apart just like this, you see. I line them up. And this is a little sweet yellow onion. And what's great about these is that I can come out here, and I can harvest them, can thin them out and eat them as green onions through the growing season.

As summer comes along, I'll keep pulling the soil away from them. That'll cause a big bulb to form like we see in the grocery store. And then they're harvested, and they're hung in the barn or a place where they won't freeze. They stay dry and cool, and they'll last all year long, and then we start the process all over. But it's amazing what can come from just a bundle of these. There are about a hundred plants that come in a bundle. They'll go a long way. And I'm going to plant about 500 onions down through here so we'll have plenty to eat all through the seasons.

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Post Date: November 19, 2010