Get ahead with Autumn planting onions, shallots and garlic
Get ahead in the vegetable plot
It’s harvest time for lots of vegetables but it’s also time to order essential vegetables too such as autumn planting onions, shallots and garlic
Onions, shallots and garlic take up surprisingly little space and a good crop is guaranteed as long as they get sunshine to ripen the bulbs and enough moisture to make them juicy! If you’ve never tried growing them make this the year you grow your own. You’ll be hooked I promise!
Red onions and white skinned onions both give great results and they are happy in ordinary garden soil that gets a fair amount of sunshine. Add some pre-planting onion fertiliser to give the best results.
Each tiny onion (called a ‘set’) is planted into firm, well raked soil.
Garlic can also be planted now, the large bulbs are split into cloves and each clove is planted separately, pointed end up with the point just level with, or slightly below, the surface of the soil.
Then the work for the year is just to keep the beds weed free, hoe between them carefully to avoid damaging the bulbs.
Onions, shallots and garlic even let you know when to harvest because the tops start to topple when they are ready to lift. Then it’s just a case of letting the skins dry off in a dry airy place or, if the weather is fine and sunny they can be dried off outside. Once they are completely dry store them in onion nets or make an onion plait or rope.