Onions, Shallots & Garlic



Care Instructions for

Onions, Shallots & Garlic


Growing your own Onions, Shallots and Garlic is an excellent way to save money.  Growing your own means that no chemicals have been involved.

It's surprisingly easy to grow our "no-nonsense" plants.





When They Arrive

Remove from the packaging carefully. If you are unable to plant immediately, store in a cool, dry, dark, frost free area away from draughts.



Soil Type

Onions

 

Onions & Shallots

Onions and Shallots are best planted in a fertile soil with free drainage, you can improve on this prior to planting by adding organic matter and grit to the soil. If adding fresh manure to your soil this needs to be done several months before planting the Onions and Garlic, as they should not be grown in soil which has fresh manure added. Add a general fertiliser to the soil about a week before planting.

 

Garlic

Garlic is best planted in a cultivated, well drained soil. As with the Onions and Shallots add a general fertiliser to the soil about a week before planting.

Planting Out

Shallots

 

Onions & Shallots

Both Onions and Shallots are relatively easy to grow. Space your Onions and Shallots approx. 6” (15cm) apart or if you are planting in rows which are spaced 8-12” (20-30cm) apart, plant them 4” (10cm) apart. Do not push the set into the ground, it is better to make a small hole, place the set in the hole and then cover with soil so that the necks are just above the soil level. Keep the soil weed free and water sparingly.

 

Garlic

Garlic is also relatively easy to grow. Plant approx. 8” ((20cm) apart in holes approx. 4” (10cm) deep. with the pointed side facing up. Cover completely with soil. Keep the soil weed free and water sparingly. If your Garlic plants start to sprout flowers, cut them off straight away as the plant will waste energy on producing the flowers and seeds instead of the cloves.



Harvesting

Garlic

 

Onions & Shallots

If you are going to store your onions, wait until the foliage is beginning to turn yellowy brown and is starting to bend over before pulling. To store, place your onions on a rack which allows the air to flow all around them. Once they are dry, string them together and hang in a dry, cool, well ventilated area. If you wish to use your onions straight away you can pull them at any time.

 

Garlic

Garlic is ready to harvest once the foliage begins to turn yellowy brown and is starting to bend over. Once harvested allow them to dry off and then store in a dry, cool, well ventilated area.

 

 

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