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Old November 6, 2015   #16
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That looks really good.

I need to look up if I need to keep the flat I planted wet or if letting it dry out some is better? The ones outside don't have a choice - it keeps raining every few days.
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Old November 6, 2015   #17
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That looks really good.

I need to look up if I need to keep the flat I planted wet or if letting it dry out some is better? The ones outside don't have a choice - it keeps raining every few days.
Salt I would think just the surface and a wee below drying would be good enough just like any plant of this type.

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I just read about that, and that giving them a trim can encourage better root growth and larger bulbs. I've only looked at a couple of sites so far. Okay, I just read a site that says trim them while still in a flat. http://www.gardenandflowers.com/how_...on-plants.html Trim onion seedling stems with scissors when they are growing indoors. Gently grasp the stems and cut all the way across so that this plant part only measures 3 to 4 inches high. Trimming allows the stems to increase their hardiness so that they are better prepared when transplanted outside. Continue to maintain this height only while the onions are indoors during the typical February to May time frame.
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Old November 6, 2015   #19
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And the trimmings are edible!
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Old January 7, 2016   #20
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Here is the onion patch today after weeding and moving sprouts.
Will be back later with the story.
I hope you can see the onions.
Okay I am back.
When I went out today I was going to weed the onion patch and plant something else because I planted the seeds too deep or something.
Plus the nut grass took over.
I had given up on them.
As I started weeding I started to see more and more onions growing so I started setting them in equal spaces of about 6 inches.
The last pictuer is the garlic.
The other pictuer is onion seeds that sprouted on their own in the planter with no help from me.
These are seeds that came from some onions that went to flower this summer in the planter.
They are being moved to the garden.
It looks as though I am back in the onion business.

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Old January 8, 2016   #21
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Planting in ground or in a flat looks to produce basically the same results.
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Old January 8, 2016   #22
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They have really perked up today after the weeding and removing the leaves.
I have my reasons for removing them they have millions if tree seeds in them.

I want to grow a big onion so bad this year, just one would make me happy.

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Worth, what variety did you plant? Fertilization is the key to big onions. You can visit the Dixondale website for recommendations of what to use and how often to fertilize.
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Worth, what variety did you plant? Fertilization is the key to big onions. You can visit the Dixondale website for recommendations of what to use and how often to fertilize.
Granex Red Burgundy and Spanish yellow jumbo that it is a long daylight I am experimenting with.
I read where someone in Mexico got huge bulbs from them.
Plus what ever the volunteers from seeds were.
Plenty of water and fertilizer is the trick especially nitrogen.
This is why I planted lettuce in with them too.
The soil is super rich the peppers were dark green all summer long plus I re fertilized the other day.
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The onions are looking better and I can tell they are about to kick into high gear.
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For what it is worth I have a little over 100 onion plants growing in the 5X12 raised bed.
I didn't count them all I just took an average by row and added up the rows.
Some chard got moved and everything got fertilized in preparation for the slightly warmer weather.
The next 8 days are going to be in the 60's with lows from mid 40's to mid 30's and the last of these 8 days predicts 70s with the lows in the 50's of all things.

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Latest onion picture and yes they are starting to kick in.
I hope I get something out of them.
Look at that chard growing in the cold.

Even the biggest leaves just snap right off.
I eat two or three big leaves raw outside every day.
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I go to bed at night and try to read but I cant keep my mind of onions.
I go to sleep thinking about onions.
This morning I woke up at 3:30 after dreaming about onions.
Tonight I will go to bed thinking about driving 50 miles round trip to get more onions.
I just realized I have been up for over 19 hours.
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I see you posted this 16 minutes ago - so hopefully you're asleep after being 19 hours awake.

Life is excellent - get some sleep. Go out there and buy all the onions you can afford. They grow in partial shade too - a lot longer than others.
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I done done it.
All of the onions are planted.
Today I drove to to the store in Austin and picked up 6 bunches of onions.
They are all in the ground I told myself I would do it tomorrow but well I thought maybe just one row then one row led to another row.
I may have close to 500 onions growing in both beds.

When I rest my poor old back I am going back out before the sun goes down and planting sweet peas all along the left hand side no I think I will wait till tomorrow.
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