Growing onions

We've chosen Sturon onion sets from Garden Organic  for the "Grow for Reading Town Meal" campaign.

This is described as the main variety for onion set production for many years, producing large yellow-brown globe shaped bulbs. Strong skin with good storage ability and resistance to bolting.

Onion sets are tiny immature onions, which should be planted about 10cm (4in) apart in rows 25 - 30cm (10 - 12in) apart from mid-March to mid-April. Gently push the sets into soft, well-worked soil so that the tip is just showing, and firm the soil around them.

Sometimes birds pull them out. If this happens, dig a hole and replant - don't just push them back in as you may damage any roots that have developed. If the birds persist, you can cover the row with fleece until they get established.

Download the RFGN Guide to Growing Onions (PDF format).

Related resources

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Excellent book on growing vegetables with sections on techniques, a directory of vegetables, seasonal guide to jobs, and appendices on veg for the hungry gap, successional sowing and more.

How to create a New Vegetable Garden

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing beetroot.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Beetroot (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing French beans, both climbing and dwarf.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing French Beans (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Onions

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing onions.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Onions (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing radishes.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Radishes (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing salad leaves, including rocket.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Salad Leaves (PDF format)

RFGN Guide to Growing Squash

The Reading Food Growing Network guide to growing squash.

Download: RFGN Guide to Growing Squash (PDF format)

Upcoming events

Three day intensive gardening course
Fri 22 Feb 2019 9:30am - Sun 24 Feb 2019 4:30pm Ridgeline Trust Garden, 25 Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 7BY

An opportunity to learn about gardening and socialise with members of various community groups.

The course covers soil, garden planning, composting, pest management, harvesting, sourcing of materials.

People with disabilities and sensory needs are welcome to apply as support will be provided.

The course is offered by the Integrated Research & Development Centre; IRDC is a registered community interest company.

Course costs: Per participant £60 which covers tea, biscuits, local garden visits travel cost, certificate

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