Growing Onions 101

Onions are the perfect complement for any garden and quite nice to have in a home garden or for survival and off-grid living. If you are thinking about growing onions, these steps below will help you enjoy your onion harvest.

Step 1: Choose Your Onion Variety

Yellow Onions – Slightly sweet flavor that is perfect for salads or sandwiches.

Red Onions – Typically eaten fresh rather than cooked.

White Onions – Sharp and tangy flavor.

Step 2: Decide On Your Planting Method

Now you need to determine if you want to plant your onions from seed or take a shortcut and plant them from existing onion cuttings. Planting from seeds are typically your safer bet as they tend to be more successful, however, transplanting from a cutting will save you about 3 months of effort.

Step 3: Plant Your Onions

Obviously, planting your onions is a crucial step in having a successful harvest. Once the risk of frost has been removed, select a spot in your garden that has lots of space and gets a large amount of sunlight. Pro Tip: The more area you give your onions, the larger they will grow.

Once you select your spot, till the soil to about 6 inches deep and dig your holes. You will want to plant your onion sets about 4 to 6 inches apart while your seeds should be planted 1-2 inches apart.

Step 4: Harvest

When the tops appear golden-yellow in color your onions are ready for picking. Once you pull the onions, let them dry in the sun for a couple of days before moving them to a nice cool place.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Onions!

Planting onions in your garden are beneficial because not only will it help you save money, it will also ensure that you always have fresh and organic ingredients ready and within reach.