Wild Gourd Farm

Organic Gardening in St. Louis City

The Onion Experiment: Transplanted & Thriving

As you may recall from our previous Onion Experiment post, we started onion seeds on February 2. One group was started in a tray with individual holes for each onion seedling, the other in a wide, shallow pot. We transplanted both groups into a freshly-composted bed at our Iowa Street Garden on April 3.

We found that both groups were easy to transplant, though the seedlings in the tray seemed to grow larger.

By mid-April, all the onion seedlings were perky and strong. The chickens at Iowa Street (not our chickens!) escaped their run and scratched up the bed a bit, but luckily there was little damage.

It’s mid-May and all the onions are looking healthy. We attribute this to the homemade chicken-manure compost we added before planting. In addition, we’ve fertilized with fish emulsion and seaweed tea to provide adequate nutrients.

If we stay on top of the weeds (including the evil grass) and watering, we should have some healthy bulbs come late summer.

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2 responses to “The Onion Experiment: Transplanted & Thriving

  1. Sharon May 23, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Lookin’ good! I had a lot of questions, too, when I started my onions this year–for instance, how far apart should I thin them in the seedling flat? I’ve since learned that you don’t have thin much if at all, because onions will grow well even if they’re right next to each other. They just push each other apart. Organic gardening guru Eliot Coleman says you can actually plant onions in bunches (leaving more room between bunches than you’d leave between plants). They’ll grow normally, and weeding will be made easier. I haven’t tried it yet, but that’s why there’s next year! Anyway, yours look like they’re doing great. I’m sure all that fertilizer is a help!

  2. joanna May 23, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    looks awesome! our onions are about at the same stage. Though ours look silly since they’re in mugs on our windowsill.

    I just heard about this new book and thought you might be interested: http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/free-and-cheap-stuff-ze0z1205zsch.aspx?newsletter=1&utm_content=05.23.12+SLCS&utm_campaign=2012+SLCS&utm_source=iPost&utm_medium=email

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