Giant Onions 2020

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  1. JWK

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    Sown mine today, seeds courtesy of @sandymac from 2018.

    Last year was awful for me with onion seed, I sowed several different varieties which mostly germinated but then gradually died. Assume I had some dodgy seed compost as most other veggies germinated and grew OK.
     
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    • Mike Allen

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      Hope 2020 will award you with massive crops John.

      Probably most gardeners, especially veg growers, have experienced those seasons when you given your very best. Then for what? Season too dry or too wet. Makes you want to give it all up. Next season we try again. It's in our blood. Failing that. We are all damned crazy.

      Sincere best wishes to you all and hopefully a great new year for growing.
       
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        @JWK I usually sow mine on Boxing Day but :doh::doh::doh:discovered that I didn't have any left and obviously I forgot to put "order Kelsae seeds" on my to do list! I ordered them via fax on Saturday and hopefully will have them in a few weeks. I'm still eating the ones from this past summer Yum! Hope yours do better next year :)
         
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          @JWK we grew them in our Hydroponics rail last year and they did great.
           

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            Got mine sown on January 10th and it's nice to still have a couple left from last year :)
             
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              I’m going to have my first attempt at growing onions this year. We’ve bought some “Stuttgart Giant” sets, and I will plant them tomorrow...
              We had to buy them, really. During the week, although we have lots of supplies in, I realised that the only thing we can’t be self-sufficient in is onions. I’d commented on this with hubby on Friday night, then what should we see in Aldi’s today but a pack of 50 sets for just 0.99€.
              What could possibly go wrong?!!
              All advice welcome!!
               
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                You can't go wrong with onion sets, plonk them in and leave them be. Just a little bit of fertiliser once they get going and weeding. I am waiting till Easter to plant mine, they don't mind frost but it can make a few of them bolt.
                 
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                  I bought some too, after planting about 50 seeds, it's going to be an onion overload at my house....fried onion breakfast, onion soup and onion gravy looking forward to harvest!
                   
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                  Planted mine out today, only three plants in the end, I lost a few under grow lamps again. These are a reasonable size so I'm hopeful. After planting I surrounded the bed with sheets of acrylic to make a windbreak (my plot is on a windswept hillside):
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                    Wow @JWK yours are huge compared to mine but I will use the excuse that someone, a few years ago, told me to plant them out in early April. Even here in Canada. He said, "they are made of antifreeze". Stupid me because I did it again this year. :doh: Thank goodness I don't have any advice from that person anymore :)

                    Mine mjst be damaged from early exposure to the elements... let me post a pic of my dismal effort.... what a dumbo I am...
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                      A friendly allotment neighbour gave me my sets! I think i've had a case of beginners luck. Planted them out early March and this was them a couple weeks back. I'm trying to let them dry out before I pull them and dry them properly...however no such luck with the weather we are having at the mo!! ☔
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                        That's a handsome crop of onions... Well done!
                         
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                          Thanks Jymi..definitely a case of beginners luck here! Looks like I'm going to be eating them for weeks. Better dig out the recipe books
                           
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                            Look like they are still growing to me, I'd leave well alone, you will know when they start to fall over that then they have pretty much finished growing.
                            Could go another month easily.
                             
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                              I can't wait for this day :yes: I'm waiting, patiently...or impatiently haha!
                               
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