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Transplanting onions

Hardening off onions

I think I started far too many onions.  Two flats seeded thickly looks like it would have been enough seedlings to fill fifteen beds, not seven.

Of course, it's good to have extras because my onions are still a bit experimental.  I transplanted them into the garden at this time last year with success, but they seem so tiny that I'm glad to have spares waiting in the wings (or rather, in the quick hoops where I hardened them off last week).

Planting onionsPlus there's the issue of variety.  Here at 36 degrees latitude, we're smack dab on the dividing line between short day and long day onions.  In the past, I've planted Copra, which is a long day variety, but this year I opted to try out Pontiac (another long day onion) and Pumba (a short day onion).  I'll let you know which variety does better come harvest time in June.

If all's well in the onion beds next week, I'll give some of the seedlings away (Mom, Joey?).  And I think I'll also sneak a few into the new beds I made in the forest garden for tomatoes.  Although the tomatoes go in a month before the onions come out, I suspect the two can coexist for a few weeks, and the 280 onions I currently have in the ground don't feel like so many when I consider that they have to last a solid year.

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