Growing Calendar for Onion Sets - Autumn Gold Improved
Delivery: Mid January to Late April
We found Autumn Gold Improved Onion Sets to have a smoother, rounder shape so it can be prepared with little waste. A big improvement on our original strain with an excellent flavour!
The skin finish is glossy and attractive and will impress show judges. Very bolt resistant.
Keeps until well into the spring from a September harvest.
Special Note: Onion sets are simply small, immature onions, which have been lifted and dried to prevent any further growth. Once planted in spring the sets grow in size and each one forms a full-sized bulb when ready to harvest.
Prevent and Supress onion white rot
White rot is a disease that affects bulb vegetables like onion and shallots. Once you’re onion crop’s got it, it’s impossible to cure as such and you’ll need to stop growing onions in the same spot for at least eight years. You’ll recognise it at harvest time by fluffy white mould with black speckles that grows around the base of the bulbs.
Have no fear there’s a great way you can prevent it getting to your onions in the first place!
Before planting your onions plant a crop of green manure called Caliente mustard. It’s a great organic means of creating a soil environment that’s uninviting to the disease.
Caliente mustard is a known as a bio-fumigant and once it’s chopped up and dug into the soil, it releases a natural gas that repels the pathogens that cause the rot along with many other soil diseases.
Just sow a pack from any time between March and October for a quick crop before your autumn-planting-crops or sow in November to overwinter for planting crops in spring. Just before it flowers, cut it down and dig well into the soil.
only 2 mouldy sets the rest are rooting in cells
Well worth the very little effort required to grow these. I am almost self-sufficient in onions. They store very well, but watch out in very cold weather if they are hung up in a garden shed. They can become quite damp if there is a sudden upward change in temperature and humidity. They will then begin to rot. My parents stored theirs in an old lean-to shed that had no door at all and they remained quite dry and were all useable until they began to grow again.
I'm sure this is what I had last year, if it was they were a brilliant crop.
Onions, shallots and garlic are all Alliums and prone to bolting, especially when the weather's cold and wet when it should be warm and sunny! Here's what to do...
Find out how to grow Onions & Shallots
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