Salad Onions - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers

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Published on February 15, 2014

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Salad Onions - Organic Growing Guides for Teachers + Students + Schools - One Pot Pledge

Salad onions all year round Salad onions (also known as spring onions or scallions) are slim and long, topped by green hollow leaves – rather like a very thin leek. They come in white and red stemmed varieties, to brighten up a salad. Home grown are crisper and tastier than shop bought. You eat the whole plant (apart from the roots) at almost any stage. As long as the leaves are fresh and green you can eat the whole plant. The smaller the onion the milder it is. Use them in stir fries and salads. Often known as ‘spring’ onions, you can also grow this crop in the summer and autumn. They are much quicker to grow than bulb onions and you can grow lots in a relatively small pot. They are best sown every 3 weeks or so for a continued supply. Pot size – minimum 12cm deep, 15cm across All spring onion varieties can be grown in pots. Salad onions Some to try: For spring and summer sowing: White stem: White Lisbon; Ramrod Red stem: Crimson forest; North Holland blood red Autumn sowing: White Lisbon winter hardy, Ramrod, De Rebouillon - all white stemmed Plant Growing tips Sow at 2-3 week intervals for continuous supply. The later the sowing, the slower the growth. Salad onions can grow slowly over winter if kept in a cool (10C), light, frost free place 1.  ill container with moist compost F and firm gently. 2. Sprinkle seed evenly over the isurface, 1-2cm apart. 3. Cover with a 1cm layer of compost. 4. Water well. Compost to use: Multipurpose, organic and peat-free. Watering tips: Get used to the weight of the pot just after it has been watered. Then, when it feels noticeably lighter when you pick it up, you will know it’s time to water again. Remember that plants will need less water as growth slows down in cool weather. 1.  ou can start harvesting salad onions when they are Y quite small if you want to. Gently remove plants evenly across the pot, to give the rest more room to grow on. You can eat these ‘thinnings’ if they are large enough. Grow R & Eat 2.  epeat until the plants are about 3-4cm apart and leave these to grow. 3.  ater pot before removing any excess W seedlings and when compost is getting dry. Support: : None needed Protection: Protect from cold wind and frost Winter Feb Spring Mar Harvest Summer May Jun Spring types Sow indoors Sow outdoors Apr Jul Autumn Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Winter Jan Nov Dec Jan Feeding: : None needed Winter types Spring types Winter hardy types Spring types Spring Winter hardy types Protect from the cold The One Pot Pledge® concept was devised by Food Up Front, the urban food growing network. Trade Mark registered to Food Up Front. Garden Organic is a registered charity no. 298104

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