~ ONION SEED: NORMAL BULB ONIONS ~
Many people grow onions from seed as it is so much cheaper than from sets,
Onions won't germinate in cold soil, and need quite a long time to make a bulb,
Easy Option 1 - Indoors
Easy Option 2 - Outdoors
Harder (but bigger onions) Option 3 - Overwinter
The only other thing to remember is that Onions HATE shading.
Right, now that's explained, on to the Onions!
Sturon Onion LARGE PACKET
Sow this in Spring for autumn harvest. (But as it is quite cold-hardy, you could also experiment with some seed sown in August as an overwintering onion - if it works you will get very big onions the next year.)
Traditional for early sowing in Spring.
Improved for 2013: a BIGGER , BETTER VALUE packet for growing EVEN MORE ONIONS.
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Early Paris White EARLY SOWING
We've chosen this cold-hardy onion as a good variety to try for overwintering, giving you very nice white onions early in the year when they are most appreciated. Not huge, but it is very cold hardy, and quite early.
It is also sown in spring for producing small white bulb onions to use fresh, so you can do half your packet each way.
For full-size onions:
For baby onions:
Not a storage onion, this is one for eating fresh as and when you harvest it.
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Yellow Rynsburger - LONG STORAGE
We have chosen it because it stores for a long time after harvest, so a great one for all your winter cooking.
Sow in spring for harvest in August/September, it will store overwinter.
One of the most grown onions in the UK, because it keeps so well.
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Amposta - RED
A widely adapted red onion which we have chosen for sweetness.
Sow in Spring for Autumn harvest. The round bulbs are a mellow red colour, and they store for a while, but not hugely long.
Red sweet bulbs, use by midwinter.
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Red Brunswick Onion - PURPLE
It produces a good crop of medium-sized, slightly flattened red bulbs by late summer. Best used fresh, but it can store quite well.
Purple and sweet. Sow in Spring - don't try to overwinter this one as it's not very cold hardy.
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Jaune Paille de Vertus LONG STORAGE
The name means "The straw-yellow coloured onion from Vertus", which is a town in France. This very popular heirloom onion is at least a couple hundred years old, and makes flattened bulbs about 3 to 4 inches across, with a brown-yellow skin.
It is traditionally a winter-storage onion; it keeps very well after harvest in August-September.
We find it works best started in trays, rather than sown outside.
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~ It is easy to grow SHALLOTS from Seed, too ~
Zebrune Shallot REALLY GOOD
Shallots are similar to normal onions, but with a slightly different ancestry. They are narrower and longer, with a different mix of flavour compounds - less strongly 'oniony', and therefore sweeter & milder to taste.
They grow really well from seed, and Zebrune is a fairly modern variety; it makes bigger bulbs than traditional shallots, so there is less peeling to do, and it was deliberately selected for growing from seed rather than sets.
This kind is popularised on TV cookery shows as a 'banana shallot' (because it is slightly curved). Excellent in salads or cooked.
They do not make as many seed as ordinary onions, and they are quite rare, but we have still made up a packet that is pretty generous, while holding the price down as much as possible.
An easy, fine-flavoured, large, sweet & mild shallot. Sow in Spring, inside in heat if possible.
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