Garlic, shallots and onion seed

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Garlic, shallots and onion seed

Post  Raymondo on Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:28 am

I missed the March planting dates for garlic because I didn't have a bed ready. I still don't but will have by the end of the week. I'm hoping April will still work as a garlic planting time. Please say it's okay!
I also want to plant shallots (not scallions!) and sow some onion seeds. Have I left my run too late?


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Re: Garlic, shallots and onion seed

Post  Lucky1 on Mon Mar 31, 2008 5:50 am

Waves to Raymondo cheers

I am in the same boat.... was waiting for the rain to get some moisture in the soil before I planted my garlic out.

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Re: Garlic, shallots and onion seed

Post  Blossom on Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:04 am

You might be OK with onions if you plant sets not seed. Garlic should be OK though. I'm going to put an extra load in when I've weeded a bed. It really depends on the temperature - if the soil is getting cold, onions won't do too well. I planted carrots last week and of course it's poured with rain which is good, but I think I'll be planting more as they have probably been washed away. Same thing can happen with onion seed. Leeks will do better.

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Re: Garlic, shallots and onion seed

Post  Raymondo on Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:44 am

Waves back at Lucky1 cheers

Sets usually go out in May here. Maybe I could sow my seed and keep it in a warm spot, like against the northwest facing brick wall until they're big enough to plant out. Failing that of course I'll just buy sets from the local nursery next month. I think shallots can be planted out like garlic so I'll put them in at the same time.

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Re: Garlic, shallots and onion seed

Post  Blossom on Mon Mar 31, 2008 10:03 am

If you could get some onion seedlings might be worth a go. I didn't put any overwintering ones in this year - usually I do so in February/March, but last year's came to nothing. Tell you what -I'll stick a few seeds in a punnet in the hothouse and we can see how we both fare because our climates are similar although I think you get more frost.

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