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Welcome to Homegrown/Homemade, a video series from FineGardening.com and our sister site FineCooking.com. We’ll be following a gardener (Danielle Sherry) and a cook (Sarah Breckenridge) as they plant, maintain, harvest, store, and prepare food crops – in this case, onions.
Episode 1: How to Plant Onions
Onions have a reputation for being hard to grow, so here are some tips to help. Onions can be started from seed or from sets (tiny bulbets). With seeds you have more choice of varieties, and you can choose varieties that are suited to your region. (In the North, plant long-season onions in the spring; in the South, short season onions, planted in the fall, are best.)
Start your seeds, transplant into larger cells, and before planting out, harden them off by putting the pots outside for several days. In the garden, onion plants should be spaced 4 to 6 inches apart…
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