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    lyndonj is offline Seedling
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    My spring onions are fine sowed in a container which I had done the previous year and had a great crop, but I want to try some in the ground so what depth do I plant them and what distance between each plant and each row

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    Never had any problems in the two years I've had an allotment. Just sprinkle into large pot containing compost, water every two days, leave in greenhouse. Nae bother!

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    we've always been able to grow them in thinly sown lines but weeding around them is a pain as grass out-grows them

    this year we had our biggest success by sowing in clumps about the size of a 9 inch pot. Easy to weed around and you just yank up a clump when you need them.

    current favourites are ishikura but this should work with any bunching/thin onion rather than a bulbous onion

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    We shoved them in the ground in a row filled with MPC, watered a little (occasionally) and off they went! They were White Lisbon.
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    I decided to give myself a break from the frustrations of trying to grow spring onions this year. They look like they should be the simplest things to grow but in this case looks are clearly deceiving
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    Sow them in seed cells, about 10 seeds to a 1 & 1/2cm square cell. put them on a shelve or windowsill. In other words away from any little creatures. only about 1/2 will grow but perfect for pulling out in clumps for dinner.
    I have a lot of ants here and onion seeds seem to be their favourite to steal, i can plant them in the morning and a hour later go back and see the buggers walking off with them. I once had my cells in the poly tunnel and you can see little holes that the ants had dug to get to them. But once germinated they don't touch them.

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    I always direct sow where I want them, give them a good water and forget about them. Maybe some of you are just overthinking?
    What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
    Pumpkin pi.

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    I have grown White Lisbon for the first time this year and have had no problems - apart from them taking forever to get to anything near edible size (I had the first two on sunday that were near enough appropriate size and they were sown early april). I literally sprinkled them on the soil, covered with a bit of compost and watered - even sowed a new row a month or so later which seem to be fine too (although still tiny). They have spent a lot of time in the shade, due to poor positioning between radishes and bolted spinach. I thought this was what had slowed them down but maybe this has helped!

    Ironically my leeks and chives wont do anything at all!!!

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