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23/11/2012 at 19:21

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?


23/11/2012 at 20:20

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-probably

23/11/2012 at 23:09
You don't say if they are winter sets or normal ones.
24/11/2012 at 00:04

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

24/11/2012 at 08:34
Welsh onion. I grow fairly,good onions. Used to give high nitrogen feed up to mid summer then potash etc after that. Is this how you grow them for size and taste? I would like to grow bigger ones this year.
24/11/2012 at 17:07

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.

25/11/2012 at 09:50

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

27/11/2012 at 10:26

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.

04/12/2012 at 18:17

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.

04/12/2012 at 19:49

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

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