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Winter onions sets...

This will be my first allotment winter and want to put winter onions and garlic in, but I don't know where to get them from. I know you can get them on sites like T&M but I always find them to e quite expensive so thought I'd ask you guys where you buy yours? I don't want hundreds of them. They'll be sharing a 1.2m x 2.4 bed with garlic Thanks image


  • Our allotment do a bulk order of onion sets, ask someone if they do that

  • Mel MMel M Posts: 347

    I usually grow Japanese 'Senshyu' over wintering onions with a 90% success rate. Poundstretcher sell them in smaller bags. Nice onion that keeps well.

    I grew overwintering garlic for the first time and they were a disaster. They suffered from rust, as did the 'Ishikura and 'Shimonita' bunching onions planted nearby. The 'Senshyu' onions, and 'Lilia' spring onion planted later on in the year on a plot further away, had no rust whatsoever. 

  • October is about the best time to plant garlic. 

    Most onions are started off in the spring, as soon as the soil starts to warm up.

  • Meant to add: garden centres  and seed stores will sell garlic, but we've had good results from ordinary kitchen garlic from a local greengrocer. Look out for Isle of Wight varieties, or possibly French, rather than(say) Chinese, which are less likely to do well in our climate.

    Onion sets are available from garden centres etc from early spring. Small local traders (hardware/garden stores) often sell them loose so you can buy exactly the number you want, but sometimes you have to buy by the bag.

  • Thank you all very much, advice noted image 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    Green Magpie, onion sets are also commonly sold from the sack or in packets by some garden centres now, in September for Autumn planting.

    A good handful is usually enough. Start them off in modules. If they have roots when you plant them out the birds won't pull them out.
  • Hi.

    last year I grew tough ball onion's their smaller than Senshyu here is a link to my video of me harvesting them.

    Here is also a link to me harvesting my Senshyu onions

    I also grow normal garlic and elephant garlic. Here are some links to the harvest of the normal garlic.

    And here is a link to the harvest of my elephant garlic.

    I hope this helps in your choice of what to plant.

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114
    They look good, Ricky
  • Thanks.

  • well done good vid image  iv'e got some of the japs to try this time I like to grow them close together so they grow small  and less waste (small plot) they will go in on my birth day in october if it aint raining same as garlic and the red onion sets .

    atb DD

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