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  • burnie
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    It has been done because so many stickies are filling up peoples phone and tablet screens, this one was chosen as I was the only one posting on it, it will be archived and a new one can be started for next season, we don't want to lose this information as it is very useful as you said Rary.

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  • rary
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    Why has this thread been removed from the sticky section as its good as a guide and a reference if it's getting to big surly it could be trimmed and locked then a normal thread for posting onion seed sowing and harvesting

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  • burnie
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    Just to show I'm not a complete failure with onions from seed, these spring onions are "bostin"
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  • burnie
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    Well they are still growing, but the bulbs don't look very big, I have got some Mammoth Reds delivered for next season, they grew better and were delicious in the kitchen, I think a lot more feed will have to go in next year.

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  • burnie
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    I got some "railway sleepers" from Travis Perkins, they are the same size as railway sleepers but not soaked in creosote, sawn in half for the ends(not a job I would volunteer for again), 6 sleepers in each bed. I have 3 of them so I can rotate the crops round.

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  • Snadger
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    Originally posted by burnie View Post
    Coming along slowly
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    Whats your raised bed made from Burnie? It looks substantial.

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  • burnie
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    Coming along slowly
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  • bramble
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    I sow in modules and then plant out in clumps.
    Usually about 10 per module.
    Seems to work fine and they find their own space.

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  • burnie
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    Here's my crop this year, you will note that some are in clumps, as I am not growing for show, they will be just fine and they push their way through.
    These are Ailsa Craig, not my normal seed, just having a change this year. I will remove the chicken wire after the weekends storm and do a bit of hand weeding, I leave the wild red poppies in there.
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  • Containergardener
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    I sow in modules and move on as a clump and harvest as a clump

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  • mcdood
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    You can separate the seedlings but you don't have to if you can't be bothered or want to trial multiples. Multisowing and growing on in a clump can work Ok for standard onions and it works really well for spring onions.

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  • Can the Man
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    I generally sow 2-3 seeds per module then separate them carefully for transplanting.

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  • MrCMB99
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    How many plants should I be growing on one seed plug (about 2-3cm wide)? The seeds are tiny and I haven't mastered the art of separating yet. Should I plant several and cut most away?

    Also, once they start growing, should I do anything to support the "leaf?"

    Thanks for your help - I'm learning as I go!

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  • burnie
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    Originally posted by Snadger View Post
    My Ailsa Craig seedlings I was given are now transplanted into modules in greenhouse but are no where near ready for planting out.
    I still have over 100 seedlings in the original tray and thought I might plant these in clumps of three in modules and see how 'clump' planting affects the final size when planted out.
    I sowed mine in modules, then transplanted them into yoghurt pots, the roots were circling round the bottom of the pots, so needed to get into the ground, they have two chances.

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  • Snadger
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    Originally posted by burnie View Post
    That's the Ailsa Craig onions planted out in the raised beds, strong looking plants with the roots well established, here's hoping!!
    My Ailsa Craig seedlings I was given are now transplanted into modules in greenhouse but are no where near ready for planting out.
    I still have over 100 seedlings in the original tray and thought I might plant these in clumps of three in modules and see how 'clump' planting affects the final size when planted out.

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