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    planthead is offline Germinator
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    Default cover onions or not?

    Hi everyone!
    first of prob many questions!
    I am completely new to growing my own veg have got my garlic in pots and its starting sprouting the day and am about to put my onion sets into the ground was wondering if i need to cover them with fleese or just leave them? I live in Shetland and it is very windy and although the weather has been mild so far it does get cold come in dec/jan

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    Welcome to the vine plant head. Shetland sounds wonderful.....let us all know by putting it in your profile location.

    Just leave the tip of the set showing. That should do it!

    Loving my allotment!

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    Hi Planthead, welcome to the Vine

    Your Onions should be fine, just check they are overwintering Onions
    Garlic should be fine too.


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    Having been caught with Allium Leaf Miner - cover them!


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    thanks people might just cover them to be on the safe side then, anything you would recommend? was thinking a few tunnels from Buy Garden Tunnels with Changeable Covers

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    I grew some in a cold frame last winter and didn't open them up until the leaves touched the glass in late spring. They grew really well and cropped about a week or two before the others.
    Well worth covering I reckon...............especially in Shetland!
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    I don't cover my overwintering onions at all and they survive the winter without problems. I haven't as yet had any problems with allium leaf miner. Our border controls normally turm them back unless they have the right paperwork

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    Hoping you'll post some pictures though Planthead! Welcome to the vine by the way
    (the onions should be fine!)

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