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Hi, I have some onion sets to go in, but given that it's been raining quite a lot would it be a bad idea to plant them in sodden soil?



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    Perhaps you could cover the ground with polythene or a cloche for a few days to give it a chance to dry out a bit

    It is impossible to predict the weather though-they will need planting some time soon and then it will rain again in any case-probablyimage

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You can start them off in modules, which also gets round the problem of birds pulling them out of the ground.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    You can plant them out when they have a little green shoot and roots. 

    Sigh!  We all want to grow better onions. Sometimes the weather is against us.

  • Thanks for the replied. They are winter sets, concerned that if I put them into wet ground they would rot?

  • We've often planted winter onion sets in wet ground and not had a problem with rot - our soil is fairly decent and light though.

  • picopico Posts: 3

    i've just planted my winter onion sets today, i'll try the rest i have left in modules and put them in the greenhouse (unheated), i have not had the allotment long but i reckon i'm about 2 months behind on clearing spent crops and digging over etc, i learning fast in my new allotment.

  • If the soil is good draining they should be o.k.

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