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Any one else having a go this year?
First time trying onions, ive ordered a bag of mixed sets to try.
Ive got a couple of questions
As my garden is all concrete i bought a large reusable grow-bag, (H23cm x L100cm x D40cm) i believe this should be suitable for about 2 rows of 10. Figured it'd be better than pots.
Ive bought bulb compost to fill the grow bag and blood/fish/bone to scatter in as i fill the bag. Then some netting to go over the top to stop the birds getting to them.
Is there anything else i need to do?
How big do onions from sets get come June/July?
I'm growing runner beans for the first time, so far they have produced a huge amount of long beans and flowers. Do I prune them, and when are they ready to eat?
Looks as though I will be eating beans until next year!
I have read that 'bulb compost' is only needed for planting up bulbs into containers that don't have drainage holes. The kind that are used for forcing paperwhite daffodils and hyacinths indoors. It is a bit of a con as it is pretty expensive compared to multipurpose compost
Didnt know that, luckily i didnt pay to much for the compost. £5 per 35L bag. Thought that was reasonable enough.
For about £5 or £6 you could get 125 litre bags of general compost from B&Q and other outlets. I was a bit disappointed with the Red Baron onions I planted last Autumn; they didn't grow very large. I think I will try growing from seed, not sets next time.
That's great advice Wonion,thanks.
Planted some sort of onions earlier this year, straight in the ground and were amazed that we had to keep replanting them for a while. I'm thinking that they were so light that when the birds had a nibble it didn't take much for them to lift out.
They are growing now but not very big