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    Most kind AP I will give it some thought. But first tomorrow I intend to read that article and make some notes.

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    You're being too modest Colin - your pots of onions look great, so I'm sure you'll raise some good ones from seed.
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    Auntie Flo you are to kind.

    AP thanks again for that link, all I can say is blooming heck.

    Having said that there is loads of useful info there and some of it can be adapted for the situation I find myself in.

    As you pointed out by these guys standards I am very late, but there again I don't intend to try and emulate them. just use their expertise to grow a couple of decent onions. Off to do some more research about composts to see what more I can find out.

    And there's me always said I would never be a competative gardener.

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    This is so contagious - now I want to grow onions from seed even though I try most years and they don't grow enough even to plant out But with Ap on board, who knows
    Make 2019 the Year of Random Seed sowing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Potstubsdustbins View Post
    Having said that there is loads of useful info there and some of it can be adapted for the situation I find myself in.

    Off to do some more research about composts to see what more I can find out.


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    Right students, pay attention. I deliberately allowed you to read Peter Glazebrooks method because it is designed to grow a world record sized onion. We don't wanna do that so we can modify what he does hugely. I mean a polytunnel inside a polytunnel by any standard is extreme.

    I've told you how to start them off so from there is the subject of todays lesson. Once the seedlings reach the stage of opening up from the crook stage,carefully extract the seedlings from the compost and prick out into small pots. 2" is fine at this stage and just use a good gp compost with some vermicullite mixed in to keep the compost open. Onions seem to thrive when the roots are confined in a pot so they will stay in these pots till they badly need potting on. - the next compost mix will be stronger.

    A wee weekly feed of liquid seaweed (a capful to a litre of water) once they are established will be appreciated. Keep them moist not wet and try to keep them at a minimum 55f so they can keep growing without a check. Stake the seedings to keep them vertical, bits of tying wire made into a hoop with a stalk are ideal for this.


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    Can you recommend which onion to grow from seed, Ap - for those of use who don't have a Peter Glazebrook seed source?
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    if it's a big sweet onion, kelsae is the one to go for. I think T&M stock it. Most of the exhibition varities are bred and reselected from kelsae.

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