Jersey Allotments & Leisure Gardening Association

Onion, Shallot & Garlic Sets

Growing from sets is the easiest and most foolproof method. Onion sets are not as finicky about soil and are better for short growing seasons and cooler climates and seldom attacked by onion fly or mildew. There is a slight increase in the risk of 'bolting' (running to seed) when using onion sets but modern varieties are much less prone to this.

However, spring onions are always grown from seed.

Onions are frost-tolerant and like cool, wet spring weather. These light feeders prefer rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.2 to 6.8. Add lime if necessary. Onions are best grown in raised beds about 4 inches (10 cm) high and 20 inches (51 cm) wide with one to two inches (2.5-5.1 cm) of compost worked into the soil. Be sure to provide consistent water and keep weeds under control while onions are maturing.

Jalga have special arrangements through its affiliation to the AGCUK providing considerable discounts on onion and shallot sets and garlic bulbs. Whilst the selection is limited, the variteies available under the scheme represent a good cross section on onions and shallots suitable for all kitchen usage .

Please click here [pdf download].

For a copy of the JALGA special price list to accompany the guide, please contact your Allotment Group Committee or your site Supplies Co-ordinator.

See Also
Seed potato scheme
Vegetable seed
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