Growing garlic and onions

by Pippa Greenwood

With the soil drier, I have finally managed to plant the last of my garlic and onion sets.

Close-up of somebody holding a paper bag containing garlic bulbs, ready for plantingI couldn't be happier. The sun is shining and it almost feels as if spring is here.  Just last week there was standing water in the bottom few feet of one of my plots; the soil was completely submerged and saturated. Conditions were so wet and slippery that it wasn't possible to push a barrow along the slope. But after just a few days dry weather it is now possible to incorporate some manure into the soil.

With the soil drier, I have finally managed to plant the last of my garlic and onion sets. The tasty golden bulbs of 'Setton' onions are perfect companions to the 'Red Baron' I planted in the autumn.

I'll also be planting more 'Solent Wight' garlic, adding to earlier plantings. This is a relief, as I had been worried that I would end up planting individual bulbs of garlic into pots, then transplanting them later on.

Everything else is starting to move too, the tomato, pepper and aubergine seedlings are responding well to the increased light levels. I planted a few potatoes earlier but had to protect them with mini pull-out tunnels to keep off the worst of the weather. But I'm hoping to plant more shortly.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather remains drier, and that we won't have too many hard frosts. Hopefully all of the crops will catch up after their late start...

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Gardeners' World Web User 10/03/2010 at 21:22

hi i just like you i cant wait until spring cant wait getting stated

Gardeners' World Web User 11/03/2010 at 11:27

Some of my autumn onions both red ans white appear to have rotted, which is annoying as I use a good quantity of onions throughout the year. My garlic however has all survived which is surprising. I haven't put in my spring sets yet. SO fed-up with the cold wind.The propagator has once again come into it's own with a cozy home for the new brassicas,leeks etc.

Gardeners' World Web User 11/03/2010 at 20:09

monday i planted my sturon looking forward to seeong them grow ive planted 8 rows of carrots next to them early nantes and autumn king 2 decide going to plant red baron the other side and garlic try mask the carrot smell from that dreaded carrot fly

Gardeners' World Web User 12/03/2010 at 11:59

I also planted some Solent Wight garlic last autumn into cells and put them into my cold frame, when I looked at them in January the compost looked so wet I thought they had rotted away, so last week I bought some more from the garden centre - Picardy Wight I think and planted them in cells. When I lifted the lid of the cold frame to put the new ones in, there were lovely green shoots on the autumn planted ones, they hadn't rotted after all, so in future I need to be more patient.

Gardeners' World Web User 12/03/2010 at 15:15

about a month ago i planted out in the garden some carrots - nantes2, salad oinions seeds and some onion seeds - Ailsa craig and have still not seen anything come up. Is it me not been patient or do they take so long to germinate.

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