It has taken us 2 years to have good results with onions!
How to prep your beds for onions?
|Carefully separating onion bulbs.|
Amendments for growing onions:
|Making furrows for onion planting|
If you are using plastic Lay out your fertility such as Chicken poop or mint straw and till in. Our manure spreader lays out three streams so our fertility is targeted to the lanes the onions sit in.
|Laying onion bulbs out for planting in the field.|
If you are not using plastic:
We create 3 furrows about 10' apart. Fill the furrow with well composted manure like mint straw or chicken poop. I would recommend sprinkling Humic acid down the furrow and kelp if you can afford it in small beds. Lay the bulbs out being careful NOT to squeeze the necks! Space them 6" apart down the furrows.
Come back and cover your onions sitting them straight up and water them in. You can lay drip tape down even if you aren't using plastic for ease of watering. Targeted watering also means that weed will dry up in between the isles for lack of overhead water.
How often do I water my onions?
Never let onions completely dry out until you are ready to harvest. If you are using plastic you will need to water less as your water loss will be significantly less. Watch your soil for signs of drying. Make sure water is penetrating at least and inch in the soil.
How often do I need to feed?
You should feed your onions every few weeks if you are using folier feeds such as MaxiCrop. You can use a fertigator in drip systems to inject fish fertilizer every week. If your onions are in the open you can side dress them with manure once a month. Feeding is essential for big onions.You can buy humic acid that you can water in. We like fish and seaweed as well.
Onions are a lot of work but they are a must for market growers and great for storage with the home grower!