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Growing Onions

Growing onions in your garden is a productive idea especially because they go very well in recipes with potatoes. Onions can be used in a variety of recipes and they also work for natural remedies.

There are many types of onions that can be grown. Some onion types need more sunlight than others. Their sunlight requirements can range from 12 to 16 hours of light.

Another thing to keep in mind is the soil where you are planting the onions. Your soil has to be in the best condition possible before planting your onion plants. The soil must have a ph from 6.5 to 7 to help the onion grow. Your garden also needs to have a good drainage and the soil has to be very loose.

You will need a couple of weeks to prepare everything before sowing and planting especially if you are using organic matter for the soil. Before sowing you need to keep in mind that you can plant your onions from seeds or sets. Depending if you are using seeds or sets for growing onions the process of cultivating them can vary slightly.

Growing onions - white onion plant
Many people prefer to start from the beginning by using seeds. Seeds are more work but are cheaper. The first step is to make a small hole of approximately 2 to 3 centimeters deep and with a space of 1 inch between seeds. Sowing from seeds can get tricky so is better to separate the rows by 1 foot.

The soil where you are going to sow your seeds must have a certain degree of moisture before planting seeds.

Which is why you must remember to check the soil the day before planting the seeds.

Another way you can plant your onions is by using sets. Sets are more expensive but they offer the advantage they require way less work than seeds and you will be able to see results faster. The best time for you to plant onion sets is in March. Sets should be spaced by one foot.

Growing onions for cooking requires keeping an eye on them on a constant basis. 

Other plants will probably start growing near them and will start catching most of the sunlight. Eliminate any plant that appears close to your onion plants. If your onions have been sown from seed you will need to thin them as soon they get to 5 centimeters. After you thin them is preferably if they have a space of 10 centimeters between them.

Once the top parts turn yellow and start falling is almost time to harvest. 

After a week pick a sunny day and carefully take the onion out (you can use a fork for this) and let it dry over the soil. It will take a couple of days before the top part starts drying and is ready to be harvested.

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