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    poultrychat is offline Rooter
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    Default All Year Round Onions

    I'm in my second veggie year at my new house and am trying to make us as self sufficient as possible but am seriously lacking in in the 'how to' area. I have 8 link-a-bord beds 12x3, this year I have 4 different potato crops to grow to try and give a year round supply (first early, second early, maincrop, late maincrop). I have one bed with autums onions in it and I think they will be ready in May, I have ordered seeds of 'High Keeper' and sets of 'hydred and alpha (Ialso get 25 free bulbs with this order), this probably makes me sound really dense but here goes.......will I be able to plant the new sets where the autumn onions are or will I have to give up another bed to the new onions? I seem to be really good at ordering all the seeds and sets but lacking in the forethought about where it's all going to go

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    You will need to use a new bed. You should always try to rotate your crops and ensure that the same vegetables are not planted in the same spot each year. The other thing is that the autumn onions will not be ready until about June although you can start pulling them to use immediately a bit earlier. The spring sown onions want to be planted in March/April so for a few months you will have two beds with onions in.
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    Thanks Lesley Jay for the info. I thought I would be alright on roation if I grew my summer onions in the same bed as my winter onions as long as after the summer ones I changed beds

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    From what I have been reading.. Some people keep a separate onion bed and donít rotate when all the other beds change. In some books it tells you to leave the onion bed un dug and un manured for four years before moving to a new bed that was manured at least a year previously.
    It seems as though there are many ways of growing onions?
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    A lot depend on how good you are. If you read the info on Robinsons website, they have used the same bed for there Onions fo years. But I suspect his is the exception rather than the rule, the main problem being White rot I guess. You could plant them in the bed your early spuds came from as they should be clear by then and there will still be some goodness left from the manure.
    The only alternative would be to steralise the bed some how, but thats not easy without resorting to some sort of Chemical - unless you can do it by steam, which isn't easy in the garden

    I'd be interested on how you get on with the Link a boards, I've thought of them here.

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    Mmmm, I think maybe putting them in the bed the first earlies comes out of sounds the best, steaming is totally out of the question and I will just have to pretend that all the poultry manure somehow sterilised itself in the compost heap


    ntg - I have been using link-a-bord for about 3-4 years ( I moved with it from my last house) and have been gradually adding more, I think it's brilliant and you can even strim and not worry about damage. On my last order I was told by the nice lady about some 'cloche' supports' that they are trying out that fit the links and the nice lady gave me some with my order for free as long as I give them feedback

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    Jaxom I do believe that you shouldnot plant the same vegetable in the same spot each year. You have to be careful of disease.
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    The guy who runs our allotment has a raised onion bed and has used it for the past 30 years!!!! He used to win all the local competitions for biggest and best onions in the area. He doesn't compete anymore (how many 1st awards can you give a good home to?!) but still produces loads of very healthy onions. We rotate- as all the good books recommend- and lose some of ours to rot!! I am sure someone out there must be a champion onion grower and can tell us the secret!

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