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Sowing Winter Onions

Hi, I've been given some onion sets to grow over winter but unfortunately all I know is that they are over winter onions, I don't have a variety name or any growing instructions.

Any general instructions on how to grow them would be greatly appreciated.




  • i would plant them as normal cover them with fleece and hope for the best

  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    Thanks for the help guys. Yeah, I have read that birds like to pull them up and chuck them about, assuming they are hardy (which I'm going to as I'm in the S.E.), would netting them off work just as well?

    Wood pigeons, magpies and rooks have been the biggest problem with growing veg round here, pesky things. Thanks again.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    To stop them being pulled out, start them off in modules and grow them until they have a green shoot and roots before you plant them out.  The birds will then leave them alone and you won't have to net them. 

  • LeggiLeggi Posts: 489

    Ah great thanks, I'll start them off today then on a windowsil. It saves me faffing about trying to net an odd shaped bed. image

  • I plant my winter onions out in November have been told by the old boys at the allotment that is the right time to plant. I then hang old cds on string to put off the birds. So far so good and i always have been quite successful.

  • I'm confused,do you sow the winter onions in the old onion bed.We are doing crop rotation so would this be o.k.

  • Keep with the crop rotation otherwise you will deplete the soil of certain nutrients and encourage particular pests. Dig over new patch, lightly manure and rake so the soil is quite fine. I have always planted in November as i was told the onion would make too much top growth.

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